I am scared a lot. Burpees scare me. Power snatches freak me out. Anything above 65lbs overhead makes me want to cry. Any WOD that includes a number with 3 digits turns me into a baby. But I go for it. I "nut up", as my trainer so gently puts it. In some ways, it's easy to nut up when it's a barbell staring at me. Either I will be able to lift it, or I won't. I'll be able to complete the work, or I won't. I can run the sprints, or I can't. It's a black and white affair, and God knows, humans love dealing in the black and white.
Where things get sketchy is when gray appears on the horizon. What if I don't know what the outcome will be? Usually, this is the case when we are dealing with other people. What if I say hi to someone and they snub me? What if I compliment someone and they take it the wrong way? What if I give a suggestion out of love and the person takes it as criticism? There is no guarantee of an outcome when dealing with people. Is this an excuse to bow out? Or is this the critical time to nut up?
Real men and women nut up. It's the definition of cowboy to take a chance when you're not guaranteed an outcome. Humans are sketchy, irritable, joyful, unpredictable, and full of surprises (both good and bad). Sometimes you'll take a chance and it will blow up in your face. Cowboy up, anyway. Sometimes, love will get thrown back at you with a sneer. Balls to the wall, anyway. The biggest breakthroughs in life come through taking chances. I'm going to get out there and nut up.