It's Not the Critic Who Counts

I had a good friend of mine text me this morning saying she found my website on my Instagram account and that she read a few of my blogs... my stomach dropped. The idea of people reading my 'digital journals' still freaks me out a little bit. I know it's the fear of what other people will think. I will be honest, I immediately ran to my blog to reread some of my posts! Lol But then I caught myself, and remembered why I am doing this 'exercise.' To stop worrying about what other people could potentially think. 

It feels good to take the time every day, to write about my day, and to be fearless by posting it for anyone on the planet to see (this means writing my blog and reading it ONCE. Not 1,000 times to critique, second guess, and rewrite something that isn't truthful to how I feel when I'm writing). It doesn't feel good when I over think the shit out of a situation (like posting my feelings on a blog everyday) and let fear stop me from going outside of my comfort zone. 

My friend had really nice things to say. How proud of me she was and how much she enjoyed reading my blogs. It felt good to have positive feedback and I also think it was good to freak out but still want to stay in the arena. 

One of my favorite quotes, that absolutely pertains to the feeling of wanting to be courageous even when fear is constantly knocking at your door:

"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 have 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 errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; 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."

- Theadore Roosevelt 

Brene Brown  introduced me to this quote and way of thinking. Seth Godin inspired me to launch my blog and to fearlessly continue to create content everyday.

If you're looking to be inspired to live more courageously, check Brene and Seth out! 


Olivia Reed