What To Do When You’re Afraid of Taking The Wrong Path

Fear of the Wrong Path

Wooded Path –
Devil’s Lake State Park, WI

I don’t know if you’re like me, but it seems like I’ve always had a fear of fucking up.

I am insatiably curious and love to try new experiences.  I have worked with a friend in a new start-up business, run my own massage therapy clinic, worked in healthcare, and (most recently) written a book and launched a speaking career.

My resume looks a little…well, let’s just say it’s a little disheveled!

Despite trying at least 3 different careers before 35, I am still afraid of taking the wrong path.

What if I screw it up?

What if I invest all my time and energy into something and then realize I’m not meant to be doing that?

What if…

There Is No “Wrong Path”

Now that’s very “tao” of me to say, isn’t it?

Your journey is your journey.

Your life is unequivocally, 100% yours (and no one else’s).

If you want to “mess it up,” it is absolutely yours to do so!

The point here is that the fear of not doing the “right” thing is irrelevant and a waste of your energy.  So don’t be afraid to step out.

Take your step confidently with wonder and curiosity and watch the miraculous unfold before you.  (Tweet)

Collect all the wonderful and exciting experiences you can pack into the present moment and watch the doors swing wide before you. (Tweet)

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About Steve

Hi, I'm Steve Rice and my goal is to transform simple philosophical truths into practical fuel to revolutionize your life. It's not about self-help, it's about self-reliance. I show you how. Connect with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and let me know how I can help you.

  • Agree, Steve, sometimes we have to keep pulling on our life thread to see where it takes us. At times, it seems we have to pull harder to make more progress, but that is just life. As long as we keep learning and keep moving in a purposeful way, then we may be living well. Thanks! Jon

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jon. I like that analogy of the “thread” that weaves through everything. Hope you have a great week, my friend.

  • ThandiweW

    Steve, great post. When I’m afraid to move, I’ve learned to be still. Thank you for sharing this.
    Peace and good.

    • Love that! Stillness is often the cure for fear, anxiety, etc. True stillness allows us to get clear about what’s really going on!