A playwright friend and I were discussing our respective writing processes when she said something that caught my attention: “If I’m not scared, then I’m working on the wrong thing.” 

I’ll admit that fear is not my favorite emotion. Like every other human being, I’m biologically programmed to avoid perceived danger. 

And yet, my greatest professional and personal growth has occurred when I've taken on assignments that made me nervous. Those are the times when I’ve had to stretch well beyond my comfort zone in order to meet the challenge. Simply put, facing fear has been a powerful catalyst for growth. 

So my early New Year's resolution is to seek out projects that evoke a healthy dose of anxiety. Here's to scaring ourselves toward greatness in 2018!