Now Is The Time to Do What You’ve Been Putting Off

It might not be as bad (or as good) as you imagined.

Toby Hazlewood
Nov 11 · 4 min read

“Do one thing every day that scares you”

The 1999 song Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann features this line as one of its maxims for living a good life. The lyrics for that song were originally taken from an essay by journalist Mary Schich who wrote them in a fictional high school commencement address.

  • Fear that the results won’t be as good as I imagined (fear of success)

Fear of failure

I may be contemplating something that seems especially daunting or scary. I doubt my skills, wondering if I have the resources to assure success. I might believe I don’t have the time to give it the attention it deserves, doubting that I have the fortitude to put in the work required.

Fear of (anticlimactic) success

On other occasions I’ll pin my hopes on some forthcoming event that I hope will deliver exceptional results. I’ll plan, scheme and prepare, believing I’m assuring my success when (or if) I eventually get started.

There’s only one way to find out

Whether fear stems from the possibility of failure, or from success that might not be all that good, there is only one way to deal with it; to get on and do it what needs to be done and find out what happens next.

  • You have to publish the article and share your thoughts with the world. Only by doing that will you see if your words find an appreciative audience.
  • You have to speak up in the meeting, putting your views and opinions out there. It’s the only way to ensure that your voice is heard and to find out if your opinions and ideas have merit.
  • Sometimes you have to be the first to say “I love you”, being bold and vulnerable in stating your feelings. It’s the only to make your feelings known and to determine if the other person feels the same way.
  • Sometimes you have to swallow pride and be the first to apologise, taking responsibility for your actions and accepting and admitting fault. Only by doing this can you begin the process of making amends and moving forwards after a disagreement.


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Toby Hazlewood

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Writer, parent, husband, project manager and cycling enthusiast. If you enjoy my writing, please feel free to say hello at tobyhazlewood.com

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