"To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back
shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and
scramble as well as we can."
Forward momentum, as stuttered and clumsy as it may be, has a way of
carrying you towards your goals. At the same time our fears can keep
us paralyzed, preventing us from taking that first step, and beginning
that forward motion that is so critical. What we need to realize, as
is pointed out so well by Sydney Smith, is that in entertaining our
fears we are already subjecting ourselves in our imaginations to the
worst possible outcome. "We must not stand back shivering and thinking
of the cold", paralyzing fears can become so vivid that you can feel
physically the thing you fear. So you really have anything to lose at
this point? It is at this point that you must realize, that the fear
is really much worse than the thing being feared. Stumbling forward is
always better than being frozen in fear. So the next time you start to
feel stuck, take a step in whatever direction feels like forward.