Committing to being in the arena
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could’ve done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
-Theodore Roosevelt, April 23, 1910 Paris, France*
Anytime one is trying something new he or she is the one “in the arena”. It takes courage to follow one’s heart and take a chance on the unfamiliar. To commit to being vulnerable to critics or to the possibility of failure is a truly a courageous (and challenging!) act.
As I embark on this new adventure of developing wellness programs, I am stepping into the arena. I am allowing myself to be vulnerable, and opening myself up to possible failures. But even on days where my inner critic is louder than my courage, I remind myself that I made a commitment to myself to stay in the arena, try my best, and remain open to how this round of my life plays out. Thank you for joining me on this journey :-)
* This quote is the beginning of Brene Brown's Daring Greatly. Her book is incredibly inspiring and has definitely made an impact on my life.