On feeling the fear and doing it anyway

 You know how it goes, first you say yes, and then you have the “what did I do that for?” feeling, and the next thing you know you want to get out of doing the thing you said you would do. Perhaps it’s something you’ve been yearning to do but too afraid to start, and then somehow, somewhere out of the (seeming) blue, an opportunity presents itself and you say yes, with a chaser of “what the hell did I say that for?” This most often happens at times of expansion.

It has a different taste and feel to the same feeling of wanting to get out out of something you regret saying yes to, though it does have some similar feelings-our dance becomes learning to discern which is which.

Two years ago I was just getting into making and sharing videos. I had wanted to do this for so long and inside I had concocted a vast library of reasons why I shouldn’t follow through, but as often happens, Universe kept scattering little invitations my way.

As I have mentioned before, I was terrified making my first (talking, rather than how to) video. I had no idea what I was going to say, not to mention who would want to listen to me. And then I saw a friend on FaceBook saying she too wanted to make videos but was scared, so I sent her a message asking if she wanted to join me in a 4 week video challenge.

We both agreed to make one video a week and post it on the others wall before midnight Sunday. Today that would be incredibly easy to do, back then we both often just got our videos in by the deadline, but we did it.

And even in four short weeks, with just one video a week, we both got better and, more importantly, began to feel a little more comfortable in front of the camera.

Of course, I still had (and still do have) a a ways to go, but those first steps were taken in spite of the fear, and

In the video I talk about the challenge of making a video, know that the challenge can be anything, the fear and the way we work through it remains the same. So sub whatever it is you are afraid of starting and let’s get this fear rolling in your favor, there is momentum there once you crack open the shell.

Now it’s your turn, what have you been thinking about but are too afraid to start?  Perhaps it seems overwhelming, how can you break it down into smaller chunks so you can take the next step?

We can never know what lies ahead of us but there is power in stepping forward toward our fears. Taking the first step is start, and then of course the next layers of fear come up to invite us to work through them as well, I will be back with more on that, but for now, the next step is to take the next step.

I would love to hear where you are stepping. And if you crave support in your journey come and check out our global online community for change, for this year only, you can snag lifetime membership and get support and tools to create the life and body you want.

I will be back tomorrow, day by day we are getting through this daily writing challenge, and as much as I might sigh about getting here, there is something quite delicious in getting to the end of another post, this is say 24 of posting every day.  It has become my anchor in some turbulent times when there is a much longer list of what is not done than what is, but as long as this entry is done, I set my anchor and it holds me to the next day (with more bobbing some days than others!).

We cannot control what life throws at us but we can learn to (better) control how we respond to it. And the dance goes on.  As Confucius wisely reminds us,

Grab a small stone my love, there are mountains to be moved.  With so much love.

Sat nam