“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”- Seth Godin Famous marketing leader Seth Godin talks about the power of fear & how it is a signal for something good. His point is that when the fear creeps in, the feeling of dread before we begin to do something important or...
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. JoyBell
I love movies, and especially when a story is so powerfully told in a manner that makes you leave the theater in silence. The best stories are the ones that are true. I left two different movies in the last month with the same sense of awe in what I had just seen retold. The two movies?
This post by our Chief Encouragement Officer originally appeared on TheFittestGames.com.
“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life requires courage of anyone willing to step onto its field. Google “courage” and your internet browser will be flooded with quotes that reinforce the simple message that to do anything in this life worth doing, you must have courage. Goals & dreams don’t simply happen. This isn’t the Texas Lottery where success just appears overnight. That isn’t the real world for 99.9% of us.
We must earn victory. We must be willing to fight, tooth and nail, for every inch. Obstacles will do their best to discourage you. Critics will exert their energies to dishearten you. And the fear of the unknown will tell you over and over again that the worst of worsts await you, so that you will give up before ever taking your first step. Each negative will use fear to keep you on life’s sidelines. Each one of us face different paths filled with fear. Some of us spend our days working to build our first (or fourth business).
Guest post by Jaimie Bougie
Making a major lifestyle change can be one of the most exciting and rewarding things in life – but it can also be one of the most scariest things you ever attempt. When people tell you that they’ve made a major lifestyle change, often you would ask why they did it or what was the turning point – that catalyst that caused the change. The ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’, if you will. For me, I will never forget where I was and what I was doing when that moment happened for me.
In my ‘past life’, as I call it, I was a software consultant for a Cisco-based company. I worked from home (which is awesome) but I had to travel extensively (which was not-so-awesome); sometimes I was home for 3 months straight while most times, I was gone week after week after week. The pay was excellent and I was great at my job, but as the years went on, I found less and less joy and satisfaction in my job. It just wasn’t my passion, even if I was considered “a natural” at it. It was the travel that really got me; it wasn’t like I was traveling to awesome cities and far off countries. I was going to Dallas. Or Columbus. Or Phoenix. Don’t get me wrong, those are great places and I’ve met some awesome people along the way. But I was tired of always being gone and going back to the same places week after week.
Best selling author Donald Miller wrote:
“Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life” (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years).
Let that sink in.