Can you hear it?
It's the sound of your own voice, telling you to just try.
It's better to aim high and miss, and learn from the experience, than aim low and hit the target.
Why do you think you will "fail"?
What is so wrong about "failing", anyway?
It's an opportunity to learn, to progress, to improve.
If you don't try, you will never know.
Others may mock, but you have achieved, while they have not. You have learned, you have progressed, you have improved.
What have they done?
Isn't it better to aim high and fall short than to aim low and hit the target?
Sometimes it's hard to bite your tongue when you see someone's shortcomings.
But try, because you have them, too.
In fact, you've got *loads* of them.
Thank goodness that when someone criticises you they don't know how many faults you really have!
You always have a choice.
You choose how to react to what happens, no-one tells you how to respond.
So don't be pushed around, choose your response to events. Welcome them, however bad they feel, because without them you wouldn't have the chance to choose at all, would you?
Did you ask something of someone and get an unfavourable reaction?
Maybe they said no to you, when you really hoped they'd say yes.
So you lost out?
Did you ask for the right reasons? Did you feel that it was the right thing to do?
So you've gained, not lost.
Not only have you stuck to the principle of doing the right thing, you have lived it and shown it.
You control your reaction, not the action of another.
Be thankful that what happened has happened, learn from it and act on it.
What are you waiting for? Someone to tell you what to do next?
But you know what to do next. You could write a list of all the things you need to do!
So do it.
Yes, write down - physically, pen and paper - ten things you need to, want to, do this week.
Make it a bit easier for yourself, make one thing a gift: "Make a to-do list", and tick that item off.
Now, make sure you work through the list, and tomorrow review it, and update it, and even note what you did and jot down why you didn't do the other stuff.
Do this every day, until it becomes such a habit you miss it when you don't do it first thing in a morning and review it every night.
Just do it. Now.
For what you've got.
It's easy to keep wanting new things, more things, better things.
But look around you - you are alive, and that is such a precious thing.
It could all end tomorrow, so live life to the fullest with what you have.
It's easy to waste time.
So why waste it?
You know that you are wasting time.
You know that the thing you are doing isn't you doing your best, by yourself or others, and it isn't making you a better person.
So stop doing, and do something more productive instead.