Today I want to talk about a topic that no one really likes to talk about: fear.
This can be in whatever capacity hits home for you…Fear of spiders, fear of heights, fear of public speaking, fear of needles…you get the gist.
But more than just talking about our fears, I want to talk about pushing past our fears. Regardless of what that fear may be.
Now, like most people, I have a few fears and of varying levels, but one of my biggest fears is failure.
That may seem kind of silly, but it’s true. I am someone who despite my wishes somedays, have an entrepreneurial spirit running through my blood. It makes me think and dream big, and then break down all of the ifs, ands, ors, and buts to determine if something is not only possible, but also a good idea.
It also means that sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, and always I learn something along the way. But admittedly, my fear of failure is greater than it has ever been and I know in a lot of ways, it stems to the end of 50 States. I’ve said many times that project was not a failure (how could that be said when over $25,000 was raised for a handful of charities?) but personally, I didn’t meet several of the personal goals I set for myself and I am still finding my way out of the personal financial burden that came along with it.
I fear failure because right now I’m fearing risk; I fear taking chances; I fear getting hurt; I fear letting people down; but more so, I fear letting myself down.
But there’s a shift that happens when we learn to push past those fears, or rather, embrace those fears.
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I’m not a big fan of heights, but I left that on the ground when I went to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle in March. When I got to the top, I looked around, I enjoyed the view and there is this internal adrenaline rush knowing you did something that scared you, even if you were only a little scared.
I am pushing past my fear every day, and for me, that had to start with managing my anxiety, which has included mantras (such as “I have the power to change my life”), yoga and my daily gratitude journal practice.
I’m not saying that these exact practices will be what helps you push past your fears, but I want to encourage you to try. For example: I’ve heard of people who start donating blood to work on their fear of needles; or people who try an indoor rock climbing class to work on their fear of heights. I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t want to sick in a box full of spiders (hello, Fear Factor), but think of something you can do to work on it.
You have so much power and life and love and ability inside of you, there’s no reason to be held back in your day to day life because of fear. Push past it.
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What are you afraid of?
How are you or will you work to push past it?