I had a dream last night.
No, it wasn’t a Martin Luther King speech quality dream.
I dreamed that there was turmoil in the Republican nomination contest.
Trump was not able to continue. And he tapped me as his replacement (yes, I probably do spend too much time listening to talk radio and political goings on).
Now I know a lot about what is happening in the U. S. and world politics. But could I rattle off details of Middle East Policy? Or deal with the Beltway craziness and insane media?
You could say I was a little freaked out.
So I said, “I really can’t do this. Although I’ve voted a lot in the past, it has been a few years and I’m not registered to vote.”
I know that might be hard to believe given my political junkie status. But being frustrated with the system that seems to always be choosing the best of two bad (or horrible) options (depending on your perspective), and having the normal business of life’s daily chaos, I never felt the urge to jump back in and let my vote be counted.
Now maybe this time around might be different given some of the stakes at hand in the Supreme Court and Federal Judiciary that often plays a big part in where the political winds blow.
But back to the story and why it should matter to you.
The core element is a sense of inadequacy deep in the heart of all of us. Yes, we can put on a confident attitude and a happy smile. But deep down we all share that, “Am I worthy?” or “Can I really do it?” question.
It can show up in several ways.
- You see a job posting that you think is a little out of your league. Do you go for it? Or does your self-doubt talk you out of even applying?
- You have a good opportunity offered to you but it is across the country – away from your hometown, friends and family. Do you take the plunge? Or second guess yourself and walk away – preferring the secure world of the known?
- You have a big project coming up and the boss asks if you want in. Do you put your fears behind you? Or do you pass, leaving you feeling that deep pit of regret years later?
We all have strengths and weaknesses. That is the human condition.
And yet life’s adventure has so much more color and vibrancy when you sometimes take that risk and go for it.
Would you become President if they asked you?
Maybe that’s not your thing. But what other opportunities are you passing up because you’re second-guessing yourself?
Do you have an opportunity you’re considering now? Here’s some other posts that might help your decision.