I feel like the old adage about fear gets constantly thrown around whenever it’s fitting, but oh, so overly convenient. It has its truths, and it…

I feel like the old adage about fear gets constantly thrown around whenever it’s fitting, but oh, so overly convenient. It has its truths, and it pretty motivational, aside from one small shortcoming: fear itself is pretty dang scary. For me at least, the urging to try your best and accept nothing less, has the same shortcoming. What is your best, and why is it that so many people seem to know your own limits better than you do? I know that I’m no one’s worst critic but my own, though it burns when you know for a fact that something you’ve done could have turned out much better and you’re still told, it’s alright, as long as you’ve tried your best. I’m not sure which I dislike more, the dismissive quality of the phrase or the person that’s said it. Friend, parent, either or, the result is the same: someone’s just taken a huge bite out of your self confidence. I know, they’re words of motivation, but I feel that if you haven’t been there to see someone through from beginning to end, save that kind of remark for yourself, as you’ll always know your own limits and tailor your own motivation accordingly. Someone needs to be reassured, it seems as though someone somewhere needs it, though I’m pretty sure it’s not me.
– Eric