What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid???
Has fear every stopped you from achieving a goal? Or led to missed opportunities or relationships in your life?? Perhaps your fear has led you to undervalue yourself , or worse, even sell out on your dreams.
I have another question for you ~ what would you do if you were NOT afraid?
Because the truth is, your fears are the very things that you need to access and release in order to step in to your divine potential!
And as I’ve often talked about on my blog, it all begins with vision. It begins with an incredibly rich, compelling and clear vision that will have you moving mountains to see its manifestation. You need to get down to the very source of that vision, because when you are vague or unclear, you are just leaving the door wide open for your fears and hesitations to fill up the space. Really paint the picture with as much detail as possible, and you will begin to see faith and confidence replacing fear and doubt.
If you are stuck in that fear place, it is likely because you are in your head and not your heart. Sink deeper. Breathe into that vision until you can see it, feel it, taste it, hear it, touch it. Get so in touch with this vision that it truly feels as if it is real, right now. At this point your heart is probably racing, maybe you have butterflies in your stomach. Now it is up to you what happens. Either the energy will get stuck, manifest as fear, and paralyze you, or you will keep breathing and let it flow throughout your body and create electricity, excitement and forward movement. Just keep quieting the mind, opening the heart and breathing deeply in each moment.
I am a big fan of vision boards, and find this to be a beautiful way to create the kind of abundantly clear and dynamic vision that I’m talking about here. In, fact, I wrote an entire post about vision boards that you might want to check out here.
Another thing that has always worked really well for me is to have a song that I can play to immediately get myself in that zone of faith and possibility. That song for me is “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack ~ oh my goodness does this song move me! I have read this to audiences at several points in my life, and find that this is just one of those songs that profoundly touches souls. I invite you to sit back, turn up your speakers, and really listen to the words…..because what I’m writing about here is this very message!
So are you dancing through life or are you sitting out, consumed by fear, and watching it pass by?
If you are someone who is good at being “busy” and not “productive”, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that you are likely letting fear rule your days. You might say (or even might have yourself convinced) that it is something external that is slowing you down (ie. a messy workspace, your children, etc.), but playing that blame game really just enables the fear to stay in play and keep you from producing the results you truly desire.
Living life to the fullest requires taking an honest assessment of your productivity level and identifying the fears that are blocking your movement so that you can blast through them! Is it a fear of being judged? Ridiculed? Questioned? Rejected? Whatever it is, make a list ~ give a name to your fear and then release it. Yes! Just let it go! You can do this through visualization, or you might prefer a physical process such as writing it out on paper and having a ceremonial burn. However you choose to do it, this process is about making peace with yourself, acknowledging that these fears are not serving you, and trusting that you are powerful & unstoppable!
And as long as your belief in your rich, juicy vision is at the level that it should be, there will be no room for the fears to return! It is like I said in my post last week, faith and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time! So stand in complete faith and you will find yourself deflecting any negativity that may come your way, because you are a fierce warrior walking your right and true path!
Also remember that this is a process and requires daily practice. When you feel the fear beginning to creep back in, remind yourself that in every single moment you can choose to contract or choose to expand. In fact, if you’ve been around my blog for long, you’ve likely heard me talk about how every single day I make sure that I’m pushing on the edges of my comfort zone, because if I’m not, it starts to shrink in around me until I can barely breathe.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “life begins at the edge of your comfort zone,” and I believe this is an essential key to understanding success. If you always stop when you bump up against it, you will never grow, prosper or experience true freedom & fulfillment in life.
I’m not at all saying that I’m fearless, but I have mastered the art of turning my fear into an electricity that propels me. All my life growing up, I was told to “feel the fear and do it anyway,” and that “the only way out is through.” These words have been mantras of mine, because I know that when the fears win, I lose (and feel miserable in the process!).
So how then do we take that impossible seeming first step? Well, personally I find that the best way is to have an accountability buddy in my life. We talk every single day and definitely both inspire and challenge each other to be more in every moment. And we definitely call each other on our B.S. too! J
We all know that life is short, and I definitely don’t want to look back and wonder where it went. So when I am up against something that terrifies me, I always remind myself of the amazing moments in my life that would not have happened if I had let my fears define me ~ things like travelling alone for over a year, bungee jumping off a suspension bridge in New Zealand, paragliding over the stunning Swiss Alps, living on a boat for 10 days on the Great Barrier Reef, skydiving 6 times, canyoning down a mountain and sleeping in the open air (with snakes and bugs that I promise you TERRIFIED me!) on a swag in the outback of Australia!
Some might chalk all that up to being an adrenaline junkie, but it translates just as well in my everyday life. Without that willingness to push WAY beyond what feels comfortable, I can assure you I would never have made it through natural childbirth! And of course, I would never have gotten past the months of shaking-in-my-boots phone calls and sweaty-palmed presentations that allowed me to reach a leadership level in my company! And I certainly wouldn’t be tackling technology like I am these past few months since coming online! It all boils down to faith, and of course a burning desire to squeeze all the juice out of life that I possibly can!
At the end of the day, to be an entrepreneur, there is just plain no room for fear or playing small. When you act from fear, you surrender your personal power and lose your effectiveness in creating the life you truly desire. And I know we’re all here to live healthy, prosperous and truly inspired lives, right?! 😉
I will leave you with one of my very favorite quotes, from Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
If you enjoyed this post, please Retweet or share it on Facebook. And knowing that we can learn so much from each other’s stories, I’d love to hear in the comments if there is a fear that you’ve moved through, and what you found on the other side?