“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.” -Kobe Bryant

Like many others this week, I have been deeply saddened by the accident this past weekend ending 9 lives, including Kobe Bryant and his beautiful 13-year-old daughter. My own husband and daughter who are their exact same ages had just gotten back from a trip for a volleyball tournament and the reality of how easily this could have been them hit so close to home.

But I am not a basketball fan. I know only enough about the sport to know that I do not enjoy it. In high school, I was a cheerleader and always loathed basketball season as we’d have to cheer for so many of these boring games!

So posting anything on social media this week about the loss of this legend seemed disingenuous. Not only did I not know him personally, but I didn’t even follow him, his career or his family. It felt very “bandwagon” to make a post just because it was what everyone else was doing. So I didn’t.

And then I came across a post with a quote by Mr. Bryant that said: “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.” And I thought….YES!! Have truer words ever been spoken??

As I’ve read more about Kobe Bryant this week I’ve realized, he wasn’t just a basketball player or a GOAT as some would say ( I do not have near enough knowledge on this subject to debate it!), he was an inspiration off the court too. In so many interviews his perseverance for greatness was palpable.

Sit right here on these words for just one sec…. If you’re afraid to fail, you’re probably going to fail. What does that mean to you?? What are you waiting to do that you haven’t started yet because you’re afraid to fail?? How do you even define failure? Wouldn’t you first have to define what success is to you?

Defining success begins with believing that you can achieve it and then setting goals along the way to get you to the desired end result. Each day, setting a new goal for the next day to stop being afraid and to start realizing the reality of your dream!

We are not promised another breath. At the end of this life, I want to look into the eyes of my heavenly father and say “I used every ounce of talent you gave me Lord”. No regrets. No fear.


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