The Risk of Not Doing: A Personal Turning Point

What is worse? The fear of failure or fear of not even trying?

“Eventually, the risk of not doing this became greater than the risk of trying and failing.”

inspirational quoteSo was the quote that inspired me this morning while reading an article suggested in a colleague’s newsletter.

These are rich, inspiring words. And exactly what I needed to hear today.

I am not one to shy away from exploration and adventure. Trying new things and following my bliss are second nature to me. But I always bring some grounded thinking before I leap. Sometimes I consult with mentors and supportive friends.

And even when I fail, most times I am fairly resilient and pick myself off the floor, dust off, and try again.

Tipping Point

But sometimes, I hesitate and question myself. Is this right for me? Can I be successful with it? How much time or money is it going to cost me? Can I really make this happen?

These were questions that I considered for many years, after I had an idea for a book on stories of profound nature experiences.

Unlike the previous book that I wrote, this book was going to involve many people saying yes. It would require lots of participation and support. And this is exactly why I didn’t pursue it.

Until that day under the tree. I was sitting under this massive oak by the water with a friend back in 2020. I had just spent months on a new project and the initial launch had failed.

I found myself idle, with too much time on my hands. I’m a creator and nothing is worse than being idle.

My friend asked, “What’s next?” I sat for a few moments in silence, shrugging my shoulders.

Then suddenly, I received a downpour of energy from spirit, energizing my entire body.

I knew it. I knew what it was. it was my book idea that was on the shelf for ten years.

The commanding tree was embracing and encouraging me to step forward.

And at that moment, I knew that the risk of not doing this book was greater than the risk of trying and failing.

Here I am, nearly 3 years later, feeling frustrated that I don’t have a publishing deal yet. Then I read this quote.

And it reminded me that I was meant to write it. It reminded me that just the experience of writing this book was worth it and that it would indeed be published in some way or another.

And for that, I am grateful.

What idea or project have you considered? And are you at this tipping point, too? I’d like to hear about it!


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