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Do One Thing That Scares You Every Day

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Daily Spark_WHAT IS FEAR

Earlier this year, I read a book called, My Year With Eleanor.

 

 

It’s a true story about a women who loses her high-paying job as a blogger and has to figure out what’s next. She finds herself in a restaurant and spots a sign that says, “Do one thing that scares you everyday” and she takes it as a personal and literal directive. She then goes on to make s a list of 365 things that scare her, like public speaking and jumping out of an airplane. Those are just the expected ones. There are some pretty personal fears that she chooses to overcome.
This book really resonated with me as an entrepreneur, mom and well … pretty much a human being on this planet. Waking up each morning and choosing to get out of bed and do the things that are required of us each day takes a bit of courage. I think we all have a enough courage to do the daily tasks required of us.

But there is another way. A way that, when chosen, requires an ongoing effort of bravery, courage and commitment. That way is the path of the entrepreneur, the person who want to make a change, the person who decides that they are going to get healthy. It’s the way of someone who get a terrible diagnosis from the doctor and decides, FUCK THAT!, I’m going to thrive anyway and makes those necessary lifestyle changes that very day.

This bravery, this courage, this commitment. We’re not born with it. It’s something we choose, or for some, it chooses them. Sometimes times our circumstances are chosen for us. Yet, I believe that they are all part of the path.

Today, like many other days, I’ve made choices that scare the hell out of me. I made a huge investment in myself and my business, AGAIN! And I can feel the creeping doubt and guilt come in. And yet, I learn to recognize them more quickly.

 

I know my dream is bigger than my fear. I know that staying in my comfort zone is not where my heart is. I know that the joy, the bliss, the pride of ownership of this lifetime … these things lie just outside my zone of comfort. And I am willing to say yes to ME. Say yes to my dreams. And back off to my fears. I do acknowledge them, but they don’t own me.

I do the things that scare me, daily. And it’s ok. In fact, it’s GREAT. Ok … it’s still scary, but it’s also great.

 

So, I’d love to hear from you. How do you deal with stepping outside of the comfy, cozy, warm and known ZONE OF COMFORT? How do you deal with the fear? Leave your comments below.

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  • Chantelle Adams November 20, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Oh my goodness… I had intense goosebumps the entire time I was reading this post!!!! SOOOO powerful… incredible, thank you for writing this. I believe so much that this is the way to success and happiness… to live with courage and not let fear get in the way of the life we dream of! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring ME!!! xo

  • Antoinette Sykes November 20, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Soooo….what did you do today that scared you?

    Me – raised the price of a program. GULP! And I’m also making a reservation to jump out of plane! Double GULP!

    Thank you for this truthful and “needed” reminder!

  • admin November 21, 2013, 12:15 am

    Chantelle, Isn’t it amazing what happens when two inspired souls come together?

    Living with courage, trusting your feelings and intuition…it’s a daily practice. We must learn from and support each other.

    Thank you for doing that for ME today.
    xoxo
    Elena

  • admin November 21, 2013, 12:16 am

    Antoinette,

    Raising prices…cheers!!!

    And jumping out of a plane. What are the odds… the two first ladies to comment are both jumpers. Chantelle Adams has jumped out of a plane for an INCREDIBLE fundraising effort she created. You should check her out.

    Are you jumping for business or pleasure? :)))

    xo
    Elena

  • Kathryn Bryant November 21, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Great post Elena. I believe we need to take ownership of, and responsibility for our lives in order to feel fully alive. Otherwise we are not following our own path. And you are so right that this is scary, it means we don’t have anyone or anything to blame when things don’t go how we would like them to, it means frequently operating outside of our comfort zone. But it also means experiencing the exhilaration and highs of what happens when we push ourselves and we learn new things, gain new skills, make more difference and play a bigger game. K

    Thanks for the post Elena and keep doing your thing.

  • admin November 21, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Hi Kathryn,

    Thanks SO much for commenting and sharing your experience. Yes…feeling fully alive and exhilarated goes hand-in-hand with taking leaps into the unknown.

    I’m all about learning the tools that help us to go to our own personal best and supporting women who are doing the same.

    XO
    Elena

  • Jennifer Bardall November 22, 2013, 5:35 pm

    Lovely. Life really does work out so much better when we move outside of comfort. I always tell people that they can either stretch and be uncomfortable for now, or live in comfortable misery forever. It’s a shame that many people don’t know that there really is a choice.

  • admin November 23, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    YES! We really do have a choice. For me, I know that the more I nourish my soul, body, mind and heart on all levels, the tough choices that take you to the next level get easier and more joyful.

    xo
    Elena

  • Clare November 24, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Hi Elena. Thank you for writing. Personally I think stepping out of ones comfort zone takes courage , energy and motivation. I know I don’t have all three of these everyday but try my best to push myself. To me its important to start with baby steps and do small things that scare us and then building up to bigger things. Just a small hop over that imagery line rather then sprinting into a whole new universe. We all need little nudges to step out of the comfort zone and be all we can be. Thanks for the reminder. Peace Cx

  • Paulette Rees-Denis November 24, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Thank you… this is my fav line:
    “I know that staying in my comfort zone is not where my heart is. ”

    so hard, sometimes, but so right, to step it up, and trust in one’s vision and desires!

  • admin November 25, 2013, 5:43 am

    Clare,

    I love this: “Just a small hop over that imaginary line rather then sprinting into a whole new universe.” that’s such a beautiful visual of what happens when we trust our very own unique path. Step-by-step jumping into your future.

    Beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing. And it’s my pleasure to nudge 😉
    xox
    Elena

  • admin November 25, 2013, 5:44 am

    Paulette,

    So true. It’s not easy, and yet, if we remember we are all from the most divine source, we can trust that nothing we do is wrong. It’s all a lesson and an unfolding.

    You are already on your beautiful path.
    xoxo
    Elean

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