I had a dream last night.
I was having to climb a thin metal-runged ladder to get to some facilities. And with each step that I took the more fearful and wobbly I became, and the longer it took. Through gritted teeth, and despite the immense feeling of wanting to freeze where I was before the fear engulfed me, I carried on.
Why was I fearful: because the higher I climbed, the worse it would be if I fell. The more out of my depth I felt when I climbed.
Think back to the phrase that used to get banded around: “the taller they are, the harder they fall”.
But I continued to take steps up, no matter how long it took, or how many people were behind me waiting, to get to my target. And I did get there, despite sometimes feeling like I didn’t have a proper grasp on the ladder or being uncertain where to put my hand next, or how to get off at the top.
Isn’t life like this sometimes?
We begin to climb, to get ourselves out of the mire, or a predicament, or out of our false self (our mask to the world) very often!, yet the higher we try and climb, the more fearful we can become through the uncertainty of the next step, not knowing what may befall us, who we will become, knowing that the higher we climb, the more it may hurt if we fall. IF being the magic word here.
Yet if we just keep taking one step at a time, no matter how slow, keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep reaching out a hand for support, help, or guidance from ourselves, and/or others, keep talking kindly and compassionately to ourselves and praising ourselves as we climb, we can get to where we want to get to.
And when we reach our chosen destination, we can realise that our fears of falling were untrue, were there just to limit us, to try and protect us, to keep us safe. And that we did it. And we can be proud.
if we hadn’t of tried, how would we have known that self-growth? Self-knowledge? The resilience and determination that we called upon from within to help get us to the top of the ladder?
So, if you have something you want to do in life, whether business or personal, keep going. Take each rung at a time, talk kindly to yourself, reach out for support from yourself as well as others. And my own adaptation on the saying, you may think you are gonna fall, but my dear what if you are able to fly? Would your fear still be present then?