What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?
This quote was taken from a short poem written by Erin Hanson and is truly one of my favourite quotes.
I love inspirational quotes almost as much as I love lists. In fact, you’ll find them dotted around my planning pages. They do exactly what they say on the tin - inspire - and let’s face it who doesn’t need a little inspiration now and again?
Anyone that knows me will tell you that ilovealist.com is not my first business venture. And with each new idea I’ve had comes a jumble of emotions - a heady excitement mixed with slight hysteria and underneath all of that is an underlying fear.
Fear that it won’t work out (which has been the case) fear that people will judge me because it didn’t work out, fear that I will lose my confidence with each knock. But that is why this quote means so much to me, because, in the very back of my mind there’s a little voice that says “this might just work”
That little voice is what drives me to pick myself up and try again. It’s not always easy but the importance of a little self belief should never be underestimated.
I’ve also come to realise that there is NO shame in saying “I tried it and it didn’t work out” Because the most important part of that sentence is “I tried it”. Ultimately there are lessons to be learned from both success and failure and the key is to embrace both and keep moving forward.
For all of the reasons that something might not work out, there’s always a reason why it might and that reason is all you need to keep trying.
You can apply this to many areas of your life. In business, for women in particular, fear is probably one of the biggest things that holds us back. But the simple fact is that we can’t allow it to. We must learn to push through that fear because only then do we have the chance to fly.
I have so many hopes and dreams for ilovealist.com and will do everything I can to help it fly. No matter what I know that I won’t stop trying until I get my wings.
P.S You can visit Erin Hanson’s website here.
PP.S This quote is included in the new planner inserts and comes in a set of four beautiful pages with inspirational quotes. You can check them out here.