I played soccer my freshmen year in high school and sat on the sidelines for most of the year. I was short and thin and I’m fairly certain a small gust of wind might have blown me over.
I don’t remember feeling bad about it but I do remember that I always I tried to encourage the seniors, give them water, and pat them on back when they came off the field.
When I got into my first game I was terrified. I was certain every one of my opponents was faster and stronger and could jump higher than I could. I wanted back on the sidelines. It was safer there. There was no pressure and I couldn’t fail.
I believed these things because I was afraid. I didn’t want to let my team down or my parents down.
I think this application is true for our lives in any capacity of bravery. When we don’t get in the game and we stay on the sidelines we are safe and comfortable. If we get in the game, life becomes real. There are stakes now and people we can disappoint.
What if we launch that business and fail? What if we let our family down? What if this is the wrong promotion or job? What will other people think?
These are the questions that plague us. The negative side of the what if’s. But what if these are the wrong questions?
We should be asking these instead.
What would happen if we don’t launch that business? What if we don’t take that job? What if succeed, what would that mean for us? What if we never did ___.
The next time you start to become “sensible” make sure it is not a response to fear. If you are launching a website or book or business and start to give into fear, consider the flip side of the lies in your head. It may just give you the bravery needed to step on the field.