How do you know, if you never try? How do you know, if you never ask? How do you know, if you never put forth the effort? Too often in life, we allow self-manufactured fears to prevent us from succeeding. We allow pre-conceived fears, anxieties, opinions, ideas, beliefs, prejudices, and views to hold us back. Too often, we are the ones who stop ourselves from becoming everything we could become, experiencing all that we could experience, rather than other people. We like to blame others, we like to blame certain situations, circumstances, or “handicaps,” for the reason why we failed or didn’t succeed. For why we didn’t meet expectations. We like to make excuses. We like to avoid responsibility for ourselves. For our inaction. For our failure to try. For our blatant, laziness. This is easier. It’s easier to live in the grey. To live life in the middle. It’s easier, it’s safer, and more comfortable in the middle. When you challenge yourself, when you put yourself in difficult situations, when you allow yourself to be tested, you are vulnerable. You are in the uncomfortable, uneasy, unsafe, unknown realm. This realm creates a tension within the mind and body. A tension, an anxiety, that will do anything and everything to pull you back into the grey. The mind and body lust for the grey, for homeostasis, for comfortable. But living a life in the grey will never produce a full life. You will not, cannot, reach max potential as a human being, constantly living life easy, safe, and comfortable. We need challenge. We need difficulty. We need to be tested. We need to go beyond what we “think” we are supposed to, or capable of. We need to take control of our lives, our decisions, our minds, and our bodies. We need to get past the self-manufactured fears, the pre-conceived fears, anxieties, opinions, ideas, beliefs, prejudices, and views. We need to ask the hard questions to ourselves, and to others. We need to get over ourselves. We need to let go of our pride. Pride will blind, will hinder, and eventually hold us back. We need to be willing to fail. Be willing to fall. Be willing to be embarrassed. Be willing to be mocked. No one is holding you back. No one is preventing you, or stopping you. You are holding yourself back, preventing and stopping yourself. You are to blame. No one else. Nothing else. Your life is in YOUR hands. You choose who you are today, and who you will become tomorrow. You choose where you will live your life, in the comfortable, or the uncomfortable. You choose where your life will go, the path you will walk down. How do you know, if you never…..?