Facing my own fears has given me first-hand knowledge about how challenging it can be. My latest jump has been recording a podcast with my sister, Kirsten. Fear kept me stuck in the “just an idea” stage for over a year. Ironically, we chose fear as our first topic. I’m glad we did because it gave me the opportunity to revisit this subject in more depth. As a coach, I am constantly discussing fear with my clients and offering my ideas on staying focused, persevering and most importantly, deciding! Because, giving in to fear is ultimately a choice.
Our fears will always be there, even as we are about to record our 5th podcast this Saturday, the fear creeps up and whispers in my ear all the negative words of an enemy. Should I listen and give up? No, because faith (or confidence) in myself and something greater than myself is more powerful than that fear. Where does the confidence come from? Evidence. Evidence from my past accomplishments that tells me: oh yes I can!
I want to share this quote I found from Eleanor Roosevelt when I was just beginning to expand my coaching practice and facing some fears about putting myself out there. I reread this quote over and over to remind myself how important facing my fear was for me, not just as a coach but as a person.
“There is no experience from which you can’t learn something…The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
It’s about deciding. Are you going to live a life filled with rich experiences or live in fear and hardly live at all? As Jen Sincero tells us in her book, You Are a Badass, “There is a moment when you decide, screw it, I’m going for it, and the thrill overtakes the fear. And then you’re flying on a magic carpet” … Sincero concludes that on the other side of fear is your freedom.”
It’s not about perfection; it’s about deciding to do something no matter what, whether you are good at it or not. How will you know until you try? I challenge you to take the leap and go for it.
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