I was talking to a friend the other day and she was telling me that she’s ready to experience radical changes in the upcoming year but she’s filled with fear, and it’s stopping her from taking action. My first response was to give her a hug — because we’ve ALL been there, and we all know what fear feels like, and how paralyzing it can feel.
But- reality kicked in with my second response, with a loving yet serious tone, we got to the nitty gritty of this issue. Because here’s the thing: your fear will always want you to stay exactly where you are, doing exactly what you’ve always done. There’s a huge level of comfort in being complacent.
But if we do that and if we follow our fear instead of our heart… we’ll continue to get what we’ve always gotten, we’ll continue to do what we’ve always done, and we’ll continue to experience the same old results we’ve always experienced before.
The only way to experience something different (to achieve a brand-new goal, or to increase your health, or to take a new path in life) is to feel the discomfort that fear brings and then choose to take action anyway. Even if the fear’s still taking up residence in your belly. Even if your inner critic is shouting for you to stop. Even if you are scared and want nothing more than to curl up in a ball and hide away from the world.
There is a lot of truth in the saying: everything you want is on the other side of fear. Which means: everything you desire requires you to feel the discomfort and then put one foot in front of the other, even while the discomfort might still be raging and swirling inside you. This requires courage and commitment, but so worth it.
Being courageous and brave is how we grow; And it’s how we get where we want to go!
It’s so much easier to choose comfort over courage. But if I chose comfort over courage I would have never gone back to school, I would have never co-shared a workspace, I wouldn’t have taken a hot air balloon ride, I would have never reached out and shared my testimony. If I chose comfort over courage, I would not be posting my blogs every other week.
It takes strength and tenacity to lean into courage, And that’s not to say it easy, but it’s when we are stretched that we experience the most growth and we learn to trust ourselves in this space.
So where in your life right now can you lean into discomfort? Where do you need to step outside of your comfort zone and tip toe your way over to courage?
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