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.