“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”–Paulo Coelho
Fear has a crippling way of holding you back and not allowing you to move forward. It seeps into you and tells you that you will fail and that you aren’t good enough.
Fear has stopped me and doubt has held me back.
The opportunity to teach yoga presented itself in the best way possible. It came as an idea proposed by a friend in a text. I loved the concept but the second I thought about me teaching I created in my mind a list of excuses to dodge the actual teaching. Because of fear and the fear of failure. What if I did not have what it takes?
Then as I looked at the text I thought about it more, what if I always had what it takes? This was meant to happen. I needed to share the light and spread the yoga.
Leading up to the class I prepared my sequence and I would release negative self-talk that would try to deter my feelings about teaching. The morning of, I could feel my heart racing in my chest and the blood pumping through my veins. The time had come and there was no escaping, no excuses and no way for me to disappear out of this.
Slowly more and more people filled the room until the entire room was full. They all came for yoga and I was about to teach!
We began in child’s pose and flowed for an hour. A class designed for all levels and with modifications for all to be able to participate. The whole class flowed and I could feel the energy the room was creating.
As I was teaching, I would catch glimpses of my friends smiling back at me. Smiles filled with excitement and pride for me standing up there. Supportive friends who have been urging and encouraging me to teach for months.
We sat with hands at hearts center and took a bow all in unison repeating Namaste.
As I gazed up, the entire room was applauding and smiling.
I felt my smile grow from ear to ear and my heart fill with so much love. I could feel myself radiating from my cheeks and my smile.
I finally did it. I let the fear subside and I went for it!
You can not allow the fear of failure and self doubt stop you from achieving what you are meant to do. I was always meant to teach. You must follow your personal legend and not let fear direct the path in which you are going. The magic of life and the growth within ourselves happens at these moments.
“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.” –Paulo Coelho