Each time I do something or overcome something in my life that scares me, or something that I thought I’d never be able to do – I grow courage. I get stronger. I am more satisfied with who I am as a person and I feel more capable.
You see, that thing called ‘fear?’ It holds us back too often. And we let it.
There are so many things in our lives that we are afraid of. What if we chose just one of those things….and we faced it? What if we did just one thing that we thought we couldn’t do?
Maybe it’s getting on a plane and flying, calling someone up and asking them to eat out for lunch (even if you’re afraid they’ll say no), or maybe it’s something entirely different. Whatever it is, what if you COULD do it? What if you DID do it?
I remember in Guatemala how I was terrified to go ziplining above the trees. Yet, inside, I knew I would have fun. I haven’t been that scared in a long time. I had butterflies in my stomach, my arms were literally shaking, and I couldn’t hold still because of my jittery nerves. But I was right. After the first run, I smiled. For it was sooo much fun! And I was so glad that I hadn’t let my fear stop me from doing something that turned out to be so memorable and beautiful.
Sometimes fear is there to protect us. Sometimes, it is simply there because of our own pride or lack of confidence. We don’t think we are capable or gifted. We don’t think we deserve something. Whatever the reasoning – fear can hold us back.
Don’t let it.
Do what you think you cannot do. One thing. Today. And watch the smile creep across your face as you become more of who you are meant to be.