This quote from Divergent struck me when I read it because it is just TRUE!! My main resolution for 2013 was to be fearless in all I do. This one action helped my creativity, self-esteem and overall happiness. It was such a good resolution, I am not even sure how to make a new one for 2014.
Being fearless helped my creativity beyond measure. I was always an over-thinker and I would plan things out until there was no possibility of failure. This often meant that I never actually went through with things. I solved this by only letting myself plan out the steps and supplies needed and from there I just ran with it. This helped me learn how to set zippers, try new beading styles, make new things for the shop and use a lot of supplies I had been saving (for fear of ruining/wasting them).
Being fearless did great things for my self-esteem. For the first time I just let myself be. I failed at this sometimes, but for the most part I think I did well. Reading Daring Greatly helped with this a lot. I didn't fear what I said or would say in conversation. I didn't fear what people would think of me, what I was wearing or putting my opinion/feelings out there (it is ok to not like things or agree with everyone). I didn't fear the silence in conversations (I'm a big introvert). I just let myself be and I grew through that simple action immensely.
Being fearless led to better overall happiness. Obviously making all the changes talked about above really improved my everyday, but I also had to let myself say no to things. I know that sometimes you have to do things for other people, but not all the time and not at the expense of your happiness! Taking the fear out of saying no was HUGE for me. I still cringe a little when I say it, but it is nothing like it was before.
How was your 2013? Did you have your own fearless moments?