I talk a lot about chasing meaning and purpose in your life. Answering your calling requires you to strive to be the very best of who you are and committing to something that goes beyond yourself.
Every time you a forge new path and march in unmarked territory you step outside your comfort zone - doing things that you haven’t done before and pushing the status quo.
This is my definition of courage. It take a high degree of courage to speak up for your ideas, take bold action, risk, and stick to your mission no matter what comes up.
I’m blown away and inspired by the pioneers who paved the way to fly planes, send people to the moon, and explore space and deep oceans. At one point in time, all of those things seemed impossible or even nonsensical.
As with any success stories that you hear or read about, answering your calling isn’t a clear path. It’s messy! It also has many twists and turns.
In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown defines the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism.
Perfectionism – is not the same thing as striving to be your best nor is it self-improvement. In fact it is self-destructive because it’s based on trying to be and look perfect or earn approval and acceptance of others. It is focuses on how you look to others and “What will they think?”
There is no such thing as perfect. Our deep fears are rooted in failing, making mistakes and disappointing others. Let’s instead, get to know F.E.A.R. a little better…
The way I started to see F.E.A.R. is False Evidence Appearing Real.
In Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways, Susan Jeffers notes that 90 % of what we worry about never happens! Yet we waste so much of our energy and time worrying about the things that we will lose, process of changing will be too hard or all the effort we put in won’t be worth it.
The truth about fear is that fear will never go away as long as you continue to grow. However, you create your own reality. It’s a matter of what you choose to do with your fear. You can either run away from it or run right into it where you embrace fear as part of your journey.
Repetition of doing the very thing you are terrified of over and over again, which will also make you feel better about yourself and strengthen your confidence. You either win or you learn something. Also, you’re not alone; everyone experiences some sort of fear because we’re human.
One way that I reframe my fear is by asking:
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
What actions would you take? Take some time to journal what you would do in your life if you knew with absolutely certainty that you couldn’t fail.
If you get so caught up in fear of making a mistake, looking foolish or failing you miss the bigger picture – failing is how you get there. Remember, answering your calling is messy.
You learn by doing and taking action. I love the phrase you either win or you learn something. It’s having faith and trust that you can handle anything that comes your way.
My greatest fear is not making a mistake or failing; it’s not living into my full potential or looking back on my life with regret. No one knows how long any of us are here, so might as well do our best to take conscious action to condition our courage.
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Always keep radiating your beautiful light to the world living life with passion, purpose and meaning.
With Love and Belief in YOU,
“Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.” – Mark Twain