PostSecret: So Afraid of Failing

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

This postcard from PostSecret reminded me of the reason that most people don’t lose weight.

PostSecret: So Afraid Of Failing

It reads:

I am so afraid of failing that I don’t even want to try.

I see so many people at Weight Watchers who stay the same weight, me included. Whenever I really attack the reasons why I’m not following program, it always comes down to being afraid. Sometimes I’m afraid of failing. Sometimes I’m even afraid of succeeding.

If I fail, then everyone knows that I keep trying to lose weight and I’m still STUCK where I am.

If I succeed, then I have to live in an unfamiliar world of being thin. Will that make me different somehow? Will I be conceited? Will I be constantly hungry? Will I be promiscuous?

It’s no wonder that I feel stuck sometimes.

It has been said that fear is energy. It’s the energy that we need to do something scary. They always say feel the fear and do it anyway, but I want you to USE that fear to move you past your sticking point. Every time you feel scared, go exercise, clean out the bad food in the house or call a friend and talk it out. Don’t let fear trap you in a life that is less than you deserve.

PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.


3 Responses to “PostSecret: So Afraid of Failing”

  1. Renee Says:

    This was a great post Laura. I didn’t realize anyone else worried about becoming conceited (that’s been one of my fears lately as I reach my goal weight). Honestly, I use to not be really pleased with my body and now I fantasize about how I’m going to look in certain things I buy and enjoy seeing how my body is shaping up. So, of course I don’t want to crossover into that area of being conceited.

  2. Ernie Says:

    “It has been said that fear is energy. It’s the energy that we need to do something scary.”

    Fear is the engery that we need to do something scary. I love it! Really inspiring post today, Laura. I plan on assessing myself to see if fear is limiting me anywhere.


  3. gn Says:

    what’s bad in being conceited or promiscuous?

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