Have you ever wanted to start something new, a new venture, a big change in life, really stretching, completely out of the box and outside your comfort zone. It isn’t easy! Often the task itself is hard enough, and as if that wasn’t enough, there is that little voice inside your head that whispers doubts, fears and worries, trying to keeping you from going ahead. That is the way it is with me many times, and as I understand it happens with most everyone else as well. In the past I used to listen to the doubts and fears, hear them out, and often they would influence me, if not to give up, at least to be a little less bold, more careful, less adventurous. Once you start listening to fear, it can have a really crippling effect on you.
I have learned that the fear and worry are very normal. I don’t have to fight them. I just have to see them in a different light. I have to see the fearful reactions I have from a different perspective. We are often creatures of habit, and when we try to venture out and try new things, we are breaking the habits. That is when fear and worry come into the picture. They are just doing their job protecting you from danger. Just like lifeguards in a way, warning you that you are going outside the norm and telling you to be careful. So when fear and worry knock on the door now, all I do now is tell them, “I realize this may be new and different, but it is intentional. I am thankful for the notice, I’ grateful that want me to know I am in new territory, but that is where I want to be. I am going ahead anyway.”
Then I go ahead and do whatever it is that I was planning. Sometimes the worry is gone. Sometimes I do it afraid. But at least I do it!
Short: Have you ever wanted to start something new, completely outside your comfort zone. Then a little voice inside your head whispers doubts, fears and worries. Sometimes you just have to tell your fear you’re going ahead anyway, even if you have to do it afraid.