I’m sure most of you have heard the quote “When one door closes, another opens;” Well, have you heard the last part of the quote? “but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
How many times have you been stuck in a rut or stuck dwelling on something that happened to you? The last part of that quote really hit home for me. It made me realize all the times when I thought I was stuck with no other options, I was really just regretfully looking upon the door that had closed, and kept myself from seeing the door that was open right in front of me. I was so focused on my failures that I was unable to see that they weren’t failures at all. They were signs, leading me to my true passions and successes. I just had to look away from the closed door to see it.
Do you know what kept me from seeing the door that was opened for me? FEAR. I was afraid of change, afraid of failing, and afraid of disappointing people. But what I wasn’t aware of at the time, was that the only person I was failing and disappointing was myself. My family and friends believed in me and knew that I was capable of great things, I just had to realize it for myself.
The way I did this was by facing my true fears. I’m not talking about facing little fears like going sky diving or jumping off a cliff into deep waters. I’m talking about facing life altering fears. Like, quitting your job and potentially not being able to pay your bills so you can pursue your passion. Those are the “easier said than done” type of fears, right? YEP. They’re the fears that keep many people from ever fulfilling their dreams.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering how you will know if you will succeed after facing your life altering fears. The answer is two paragraphs up. When you realize the only person you need to worry about disappointing is yourself, you will finally be able to see the open door. And the open door is what will lead you to your success.
Once I cleared my head of all the doubt and worry, I was able to move forward and see the opportunity that was standing right in front of me. I made the decision to never look back and never wonder about the closed doors in my life again. They were closed for a reason and the only way I was ever going to truly be successful was to choose to look at the open doors and run right through them.