“You gain strengh, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘O I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - ― Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
Why do you think you might avoid challenging situations? Logic? Sometimes your fear may feel logical but your fear is most likely the real reason why you avoid challenging situations. We can sometimes be overwhelmed by the weight of expectations. That fear will make you avoid situations that you need in order to grow your business and grow as a person.
Sometimes we have to jump in headfirst literally, to digest the fear.
No one likes to be afraid but understanding and sitting in it will help us control it and overcome it.
I have felt this fear when starting my business and maybe you have too. We get to a certain point that we have to digest our fears, anxiety, and expectations of where we are at, and where we want to go.
Knowing how to manage your fear, and doing it feels really really good.
I believe that we can face our fears about business, growth, and the fear of failing by sitting in it.
This evening after I somehow managed to wrangle my toddlers to bed after a dinner full of toddler tantrums and screaming banshees my husband and I had a good long conversation about life. Seriously a good long conversation about what to do next and that is so hard when you are raising toddlers and a newborn. It was nice sitting and talking about my fears of being a mother and being a business owner.
Have you sat down lately and really digested what you might be fearful of?
For me the fear of growing much bigger and being able to have time and energy to serve all my clients equally and take care of my family is terrifying.
One of the things I have learned is that sometimes we just have to take stock of where we are...and eventually God will show you where to go.
We don't have to be anxious about where and how we are going to grow and live our daily lives.
I do think that we have to do one thing everyday that scares us though...
Go crazy as my mom would call it. Her version of going crazy entailed just driving until we found something cool to see..being adventurous sometimes just means doing something that inspires you. Do something that you're fearful of.
For me, the garden is inspiring. Building things by hand and making things from simple materials truly sets me off creatively. Trying a new medium or doing public speaking might be intimidating to you but in those fears is so much potential. The potential to grow you and your creative business.
THIS WHOLE POST IS ABOUT DOING SOMETHING THAT SCARES YOU.
When we do things that push us out of our comfort zone, we somehow find new energy, become more productive and it expands our creative boundaries.
I am not saying go buy 10-20 acres of land and start a homestead (which I would love!)…I am simply saying do a few little things every day that might freak you out a little bit. Be purposefully alive in those moments.
Change your own tire if you get a flat. Sing karaoke, pitch a crazy idea, start another business you wanted to start, write that book, win the heart of your childhood sweetheart, go on a backpacking tour of Spain...
Fear tells us to stop.
To turn around and go the other way.
If you let fear win you are missing out on so many opportunities.
Don’t let fear bully you. Call it out and do the opposite.
You can not be different or changed if you continue to do the same thing.
When exactly was the last time you did something new? Don’t be afraid to go a little crazy from time to time. Don’t let the “What If…” statement that we all have in our minds steer you away from what you really desire.
Don’t let your fear keep you comfortably in your comfort zone.
I believe that fear and art and awesomeness are all linked. When we experience and work past fear we can have our greatest moments of learning and where we create our best work.
SO THIS MONTH I AM ENCOURAGING YOU TO DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY THAT PUSHES YOU…JUST A LITTLE BIT FARTHER OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
SIT DOWN AND MAKE A LIST
LIKE MINE BELOW:
-Start A Vlog. I will be Vlogging my journey on Youtube…follow and watch along here.
-Be more transparent
-Reach out to 5 Makers that I adore
-Slow dance on a rooftop (or somewhere super awesome)
-Try a new hobby
-Have a dance off
-Take a day trip
-Meet my husband for lunch on his job as a surprise
-Be silly with the kids
-Ditch your head and follow your heart
-Reach out to someone for inspiration
-Finger paint, color in a coloring book, or do kid crafts.
-Camp in your backyard
-Go network at a meet up
-Invite new people over
-Ditch your phone for a day
-Pay It Forward (or behind…if your in a drive through)
-Give someone an unexpected compliment
-Do some chalk graffiti
-Take a trip with no destination
-Buy Land and Build a Homestead
-Go do the sliding rock in the mountains
-Go play paintball with my husband
Share with me some of your crazy adventures and use hashtag #GOCRAZY
I cant wait to see how you beat your fears.