Week 5- Pages 145-174
- Fear of failure: There is no growth without failure. In order to bring any dream to reality, you have to experience the process of failure (often repeated) and show tenacity to persevere to reach your goal.
- Believing you have to figure it all out before you begin: "Nobody is going to die if we experiment in the classroom and it doesn't work out...Unless you are constantly climbing and striving to move forward, you are sliding backwards...You don't have to be able to see the top of the mountain to know that you can only get there by moving forward." (Burgess p. 158)
- Perfectionism: Burgess explains that perfectionism, which is an impossible goal, can paralyze us. He uses the analogy of a wedding photographer who, if they waited for the perfect shot would never take any pictures. Instead, the photographer, takes hundreds, even thousands of pictures, and in that process, finds many great ones. The lesson, "Create freely, liberally and in great quantities." (Burgess p. 152)
- Lack of Focus: Stephen Covey talks about putting the "big rocks" (priorities) in your jar of life first, then filling the remaining space in the jar with less important things. "Realize that any time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. Learn to say yes to the significant, and no to the projects and activities that diminish the time and energy you need to fulfill your major purpose." (Burgess p.160)
- Fear of criticism or ridicule: "You can fear it all you want...it's still coming." (Burgess p. 160)