Now before my mother can say, "Moira, don't be so negative." let me explain.
Being successful is the American way. The story we are told as children is to work hard, follow a good plan and you will have success.
So, as we get older we do this by going to college or learning a trade or getting married, etc..
We quickly learn that these things do not always end in success. This makes some of us a little more hesitant about the next plan we lay out for ourselves.
We want that success.
Time marches on and those of us who are afraid of failure get safer and safer in our choices while continuing to lower our self esteem and our expectations in the quest for contentment.
I stumbled upon a web show called, "The Failure Club", produced by Morgan Spurlock and created by Philip Kiracofe. I've always liked Morgan so I gave the first episode a try. I was hooked into the whole concept right away.
Here is a quote from the website, that explains the basics of Failure Club.
"In Failure Club, members learn to defy the fears associated with ‘failure’ by pursuing seemingly impossible goals that they set for themselves. From the outset, failure is not only a highly probable outcome, it is the desired outcome. Only through embracing the reality of failure can its’ societal stigmas be stripped away and replaced with an inspirational alternative."
So, I have developed my own failure club up here in the art studio. Party of one.
I am working very hard at failing, even harder than when I was working at succeeding.
I am aware that all I have done is changed a few words around.
Fear is the really the big motivator when it comes to "Do. Or do not". I know that.
Take fear of failure off the table though and my path seems a little less ominous.
May the force be with you.