Well today I took the plunge and entered into the fray that is online selling. I've always been scared of such a venture simply because my products are very tactile, at least to my way of thinking. As a friend once mentioned, perhaps I am wrong about this and need to just give it a go and so I have.
And now done with this uploading of photo's and creating descriptive text for each product I'm thinking about shyness. A dear friend pointed out to me quite recently that I am overly shy about most things in my life. I am timid to put myself or my goods out in public because I'm fearful that they will be rejected so I chose not to do this. It's a safe and useful place to live. Up to now I've had a very enjoyable life so I cannot complain that I've been bored by use of this methodology. So is my "fear" of failure simply shyness I've decided to live within. How does this change my outlook or meandering through this life? Being fearful and being shy seem completely opposite but are they the same side of the coin?
Shy in Miriam Webster's dictionary is defined as 1. bashful; retiring. 2. easily frightened away; timid. 3. suspicious; distrustful. 4. reluctant; wary.
Fear is defined as 1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. 2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling 3. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone's safety. 4. reverential awe, especially toward God: the fear of God. 5. something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of:
Obviously fear holds the upperhand when it comes to the ominous and a foreboding sense of failure where shy is within the more modest and temperate land of a sense of failure. I think my friend is correct that they are connected within me. But how?
Perhaps this makes no sense to anyone reading but to me it is something I need to consider as I begin a new type of adventure. How do I overcome my shy to fully embrace my strengths? A topic for the next Martha Summit I do believe has been identified.