I came across this great quote from legendary comedian Tina Fey the other day:

“It’s a great lesson about not being too precious about your writing. You have to try your hardest to be at the top of your game and improve every joke you can until the last possible second, and then you have to let it go. You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, over-thinking it…You have to let people see what you wrote.”

We all know that kid.

I suspect that we’ve all been that kid.

We wait in line, climb to the top of the stairs, we get to the top of the slide and then balk at the last second, wanting to experience the exhilaration of the ride, but too afraid of what might happen if we let go.

Or perhaps you work hard, prepare yourself for the next stage of your career, you see the perfect job advertised, but you don’t apply.  You really want the job, but the potential disappointment of possibly missing out overrides your ambition.

Or maybe you have a great idea that can significantly improve your company, you write up a great business proposal, but when the time comes to send it to the boss, you delete it instead, more afraid of rejection than making a difference.

Or perhaps there’s someone who catches your eye, you build rapport, start a friendship and then when the time comes to take the relationship to a new level, you back off, reasoning that the pain of loneliness is still more palatable than the pain of possibly being spurned.

Or maybe you have a brilliant message that needs to be heard.  You research, practice and develop these words of wisdom, but when the time comes to share in front of a group or to publish it on a blog, you decide not to, reasoning to yourself that no-one will listen or care anyway.

There comes a time in our life when we have to take a risk, when we have to let go of the known to launch ourselves into the unknown, when we have to take a deep breath and go down the water slide.

Don’t wait for everything to be perfect.  It may never be.  Just do it.

If you can push through the fear, a life of adventure, excitement and achievement awaits.

But if you’re dominated by fear, anxiety, excuses and pessimism a life of regret is your chosen future.

Which one are you going to choose?

What’s your water slide this week?

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