It’s easy to be critical of yourself, and I’m certainly a master at that. Whether you’re a perfectionist or not, there are times when you’re down on yourself.

We all do it, but that’s not a good enough reason to continue to do it. When you’re down on yourself, not only is it hard for you to spend time with you, but other people feel that way about spending time with you too. Oh! And have I mentioned what a toll this takes on your goals? It will delay them inevitably and possibly stop you from accomplishing anything at all.

When I got home from Nashville, I was a complete mess. I’d convinced myself that, by moving home, I had ruined everything. Even though I knew that there was a lot of work that needed to be done here before I could get anything accomplished with the career that I want there, I was constantly telling myself that I was a failure – that I’d missed out on my one shot. This began affecting every relationship that I have. I was completely unsure of what I was going to do, slightly depressed, and wondering why everything was going sour.

Finally, I realized that I was making things sour because I wasn’t fighting anymore. While in Nashville, not only was I not prepared for the career of my dreams, but I was rather limited to what I could do alone. I hadn’t missed out because that wasn’t my only shot, and in order to get another shot, I would have to fight for it, so that’s what I’m working on now.

No matter how many times you try and fail, there’s still opportunity. Yes – there may come a time when you are in the right place, but if you aren’t prepared, then you need to reevaluate things to move forward. You need to weigh your options, explore different routes, and fight with everything that you have so that one day you’ll be prepared and in the right place at the right time.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re fighting for your dreams; this is a lot more than some can say. When all is said and done, you’ll have more incredible stories than you know what to do with, and – best of all – you won’t have regrets.

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