You know that feeling you get as you contemplate doing something big? Making a big change? Making a huge leap? Taking a chance?
Your stomach tightens. Your heart beats like a hummingbird’s wings. Maybe your hands shake. A thousand thoughts race through your head simultaneously yet you are able to pinpoint what each one is trying to tell you – STOP – they all say.
“Don’t do it. Go back. It’s too scary. It’s not going to work.”
And then…the “what if’s” start…
What if people think it’s a dumb idea?
What if I fail?
What if I lose money?
What if I can’t figure it out?
What if people criticize me?
What if…what if…what if…
All of this…all of these counter-productive thoughts and jittery feelings can be summarized in one four-letter word…
People think “fear” is an ugly word – BUT – what if it weren’t?
When fear wells up inside of you, what if, instead of backing off, you embrace it? What if you welcome it with open arms, knowing that when you feel that fear it means you are onto something…it means that you are heading in the right direction?
Kind of counter-intuitive, right?
But, think about it for a minute. If something is easy, is it scary?
No, of course not. Because it’s easy. If it’s easy, you know you won’t fail – you know the outcome.
The unknown can be down right terrifying. The “what-if’s” are never scarce and the critics are constantly whispering in your ear.
If you are afraid…that is when you know you are CLOSE – close to something big. Close to something life-changing. Close to EXACTLY where you need to be.
Fear means…go for it! Go for what makes you want to pee your pants.
If it’s easy, it’s not really worth having. It has little value.
It’s safe to NOT try. It’s safe to remain comfortable, to keep doing the same thing – day in and day out. It’s safe to stay with the status-quo and do the ORDINARY things everyone else around you is doing.
If you want to be EXTRAordinary…then there is a different path for you.
If it’s HARD. If it’s SCARY. If you can’t imagine life without it (“it” refers to whatever your particular goals are) then it is PRICELESS. All the hard work…the time…the effort…the energy…it will all be WORTH it.
Use that FEAR to FUEL your fire…to ignite your desires…to smoke the nay-sayers and to light up your life in ways you have only dreamed about.
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