Motivational Monday – Go Ahead and Do It Afraid!
We all have fears.
Some fears are healthy. They keep us from engaging in activities that would be dangerous. Those are fears we want to acknowledge and be grateful for.
Some fears, on the other hand, do noting more than hold us back from living life to the fullest and reaching for our dreams.
Fear of failure…
Fear of success…
Fear of judgement…
“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
~ Charles Stanley
When we let that kind of fear creep in we rob ourselves of some of the most exquisite experiences in our lives.
That kind of fear leaves us frustrated, angry, depressed… Wishing we could push it aside and take that leap of faith.
And the truth is we CAN!
Fear is a temporary emotion. Unless we give it more importance and cling to it, allowing it to seep in and grab hold, fear naturally lasts less than a minute.
When we understand and embrace this we can turn fear into fuel for personal transformation.
When fear rears it’s ugly head, acknowledge it, understand the reason you are feeling the fear, then push through and “do it afraid”. You’ll come out elated and wonder why you were ever afraid to begin with.
All too often we experience fear because we paint a picture in our mind of the consequences of our actions that is far worse than what could really happen. Or we forget to explore the potential consequences to their full extent.
I was reminded of this this past weekend when we took my 14 year old and a handful of friends to a water park to celebrate her birthday. We brought along my 7 year and one of her friends. Time and again as we approached a ride, this little friend would start getting scared… “it’s going to be too fast… It’s going to be too bumpy.. It’s going to be too dark … There’s a really big drop!”
Each time we talked. I told her it was okay to be scared, then reassured her that if the rides were rated for children her age they were safe to go on. I shared with her that if she went through and participated in the ride she would realize it wasn’t bad at all. It took some coaxing and a few tears, but she was brave and went on each of the rides she was afraid of. And every single time she came out begging “Can we do this again?”
How often do you let fear get in the way? How do you feel about “doing it afraid”? Have you pushed past your fears and wondered why you were so afraid? What have you accomplished by overcoming your fears?