It may be a given, doom; a given that what you’re about to attempt is doomed and may even fail altogether. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, this is something you really want to try. No matter that you’re not suited for it, not shaped or designed for it, it’s just something that has to be done. And why not? Even though people point out how silly you’ll feel or look and tell you shouldn’t attempt it because the attempt will only make you feel bad or inadequate, don’t take their advice. Until you, yourself, take a good look at what you’d like to do and make your own evaluation, don’t make a decision. Only you can have a true idea of your capabilities whether they’re physical, mental, or spiritual and only you can decide to take a leap or a chance on the endeavor of your choice. There is a measure of swagger needed to bring something new or difficult off and a measure of bravado as well, though both should be happening in your mind, not in front of an audience. Most important, however, is having confidence in your abilities. You don’t have to be loud or aggressive about your confidence, in fact quiet, calm confidence is much more impressive. The cormorant above is not showy or brash and is able to fish and catch fish in the maelstrom of a dam’s overflow without being flashy or obvious. Unobtrusively completing a challenge allows you to decide whether or not you want anyone to know about the attempt you’ve made, and when. Tooting your horn beforehand can set you up for embarrassment or shame, if you’re susceptible to either, or multiple explanations over and over again. Once you have gone through enough challenges for you personally you’ll find that that nagging feeling of doom, started by well-meaning people giving you advice, will fade away leaving more confidence in its wake. Shouldn’t we stay alert to challenges and choose those we’d like to attempt on our own?