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I have a lot of quotes about overcoming fear. Probably because I spend a lot of time being afraid.
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Really, I'm so glad you did.
I'm afraid of:
failure, success, dishonesty, honesty, moving forward, staying stuck, growing old alone, having a family, doing things wrong, being too dependable, being mean or rude, being a doormat, regret, being attacked by a crazy, being annoying, loving too much, loving too little, being fake, being to honest, not being good enough, being too good, but most of all...
I'm afraid that I've let all of this fear limit the amazingness of my life.
This past weekend, I took a little vacay to my cousin's wedding. I almost let fear spoil my sweetness. And when I look at it from a different angle, it becomes clear that when my anxiety gets kicked up a notch, I am not a sweet person. at. all.
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Some time ago, Susan Jeffers told me to "feel the fear and do it anyway" and I know she's on to something. Upon some further net searching, I came across the insight of John Maxwell who suggests that a gal might be plagued by fear if she is feeling apathetic, scatterbrained, alone, putting things off, or getting easily sidetracked.
We all want a diagnosis these days, what if most of our problems are rooted in that grand friend, plain old fight-or-flight inciting fear? Just. What if?
What would our lives look like if we pushed the limits? If we were really brave enough to do it anyway?
I'm not talking about jumping off of literal bridges here, just maybe digging a little deeper into the words of that little side-talker inside of our heads, you know, the one who says things like, "You don't have to do it today, if you don't want to..." and "You know you won't be good at that" or a personal favorite, "You know everyone expects you to, you just can't let them down now."
What if today we all took a baby-step toward something we've always wanted but never thought possible. Even if that baby-step is a simple internet search or a single sentence on a blank page? Take a baby risk, then tell me about it. How sweet was it to be brave?