I think I’m getting better at this. Whenever I hesitate and say I don’t want to do something, I take a step back and think about if I don’t want to do it or if I’m just scared (or don’t want to take one of the steps to get there). For instance, I hate calling people I don’t know well, but that shouldn’t stop me from calling to buy tickets or schedule something I really want to do.
I also applied for an NSF fellowship this year, even though I’m scared of the critique I might get. Finishing and submitting that was one of the best feelings ever. I felt like I could tackle anything. Which is when I came back to 43things.