When I think about fear---I think about lack of progression, lack of comfort, lack of confidence, lack in trusting ones self. Why is it that we let fear of rejection, fear of being misunderstood, fear of not being liked, stop us from leaping over barriers? In life, we have to learn to face these fears in order to progress..But instead, we let these fears overpower us, we let our fears create scenarios in our mind that most likely won't happen, we think of the worse--when we should think of the best. Which brings me to my next point...
Believe in Your Brand! What do I mean by that? I mean if you are an artist (actor, poet, musician, painter, teacher etc....)--after rejections, do not be discouraged. Just because you didn't get a call back for that job, for that part---do not think lesser of yourself or of your value. I've come to learn that's what I do when things don't turn out the way I want. I begin to think I'm not good enough, not beautiful enough, not worthy enough, not this and that. Overtime, I have come to believe in myself more, I have come to build confidence.
Lately, I have felt as if my poetry/art isn't good enough and sometimes I feel as if I am not good enough as well--and I wonder will I ever succeed?? I realize that things take time(it's a good thing I have patience). When you believe in yourself and your mission, in due time you will succeed. Do not let negative self-talk or negative talk from others get you down. Those who TRULY believe in you, support you and believe in your dreams will stick by your side; those who don't will put you down, say they support you, but act another way.
At the end of it all, you'll realize it was the baby steps that mattered the most---not the big ones. It's the little and simple things that count the most--at least in my eyes.
Persistence & Patience is key. Keep going. Keep pushing. Keep pursuing that ignites that flame inside you.