“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?”
Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by danger, pain, etc., regardless of whether the fear is genuine or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Fear is also creatively defined as False Evidence Appearing Real. The dismal result of fear is often that we don’t pursue the things we say are important to us. I am sure that I have missed countless opportunities to grow as an individual in such manner. Honestly, for over a year I came up with a wide range of reasons why I couldn’t begin Homeland Ghana as a non-profit organization. At first, I was afraid of the degree of hard-work involved. I simply believed that I wouldn’t be able to devote enough time and energy to it, and later this developed into a fear of the competition Homeland Ghana would be up against. This is to say that, there will always be reasons why we cannot face our fears and achieve our dreams.
1. Just Start
We don’t need to like where or how we begin. Often I wish I was a better communicator than when I started Homeland Ghana. I wish I knew more people, with more social media followings and influence to promote my organization when I began. In any case, more than anything, I’m happy that I began despite the fact that things were not incredible at the beginning. Homeland Ghana started with only the support of my immediate family and my two closest friends, Jemima and Sabrina. The truth is that fear can make us feel ill-equipped for what it is we want to do but exceptionality is the end goal, we ought to stop making it the starting requirement. There will never be a time when life is simple and there is yet time to practice accepting this.
My advice is that you start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with doubt. Start with pain and sleepless nights. Start with hands shaking. Start with a voice trembling but START.
2. Failure is not certain
Who says you’re going to fail? The only real failure is not taking any action in the first place. Think ahead, pray ahead, plan ahead, but don’t fear ahead of time. It’d be tragic if the treasure and talent within you were buried under fears, opinions and expectations. At whatever point fear strikes, flip it over. Rather than considering something terrible that can happen, consider something positive. What’s a positive result of your fear? You could just fly. Rather than fearing that no one takes notice of Homeland Ghana, I think about the fact that I’ve put myself in a position to positively impact the dreams and aspirations of young people across Ghana and I am doing the best that I can. Homeland Ghana as an organization is not yet where I want it to be, but all movement is forward.