I’ve been moving things forward in scary directions lately. What do I mean? I mean taking the risk of attending BlogFest. Putting myself out there in words on this blog. Setting a goal of a 25 minute 5k run. Meeting with new clients and taking ongoing projects to new heights. I even just applied to be a brand ambassador for a kick-ass running gear company. Why is this scary? Well, I might fall short: I might not be fast enough or wow new clients or get turned down by the gear company. You know what’s even scarier? I might rise to the occasion and kick some serious ass.
Isn’t it weird how we can be as fearful of great success and happiness as much, if not more, than we are fearful of staying the same or even experiencing failure. I’ve failed, (or not succeeded as much as I wanted to), in the past. In fact, I’m pretty good at it. I don’t think any of us know anyone who hasn’t experienced failure in some form. But how many of us have truly experienced success?
A friend of mine won $10,000 the other day and her initial reaction was fear. Like she didn’t deserve it and wasn’t sure how to handle it. Interesting response, eh? How many of you believe you don’t really deserve successes and happiness? WTF is up with that?!?
I’m taking Mel Robbins’ advice here again and taking the nerves and fear I’m experiencing about my goals and turning it into excitement at the success that’s coming my way. Yes, I need to remind myself it’s excitement and not fear a few times a day. I turn on my motivational playlist and ask friends to remind me, too. I go for a run or do a yoga video to refocus my attention on achieving those goals and away from the fear trying to talk me out of them.