So a little while ago I did my first podcast interview as a guest. It was awesome. I had so much fun. BUT...I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't freaking out a bit too. You see I have this habit of saying yes to things and then hoping to figure them out along the way. Early on in my career someone said to me "just say yes, you'll figure it out as you go" and that's what I've been doing. Saying yes and figuring it out along the way. And let me tell you, this is not something that comes easily for me - I am quite anxious by nature and there was a time when I would never have said yes to any of the things I've done out of fear that I couldn't do it. I would catastrophise everything and tell myself there is no way I could ever do it. That I would fail. That I can't. All of those things we all tell ourselves when good old fear kicks in and makes us doubt our own ability to shine. There was a time where it was just easier to agree with fear and let it win the argument. And then I hit rock bottom. I went through some personal trauma that changed me. That made me rethink the way I was living my life. I remember thinking at the time that life is short. And precious. And not to be wasted. And instead of saying no I started saying yes. Yes to new opportunities. Yes to new experiences. Yes to being brave. And I would be lying through my teeth if I told you I wasn't scared. Of course I was. But I did it anyway. And the more I said yes, the easier it became.
So I want to challenge you today to look fear in the eye and say hey fear, I see you looking at me. I hear you telling me that I can't do the thing I want to do. But you know what? I'm not going to listen to your stories today. Today I'm going to believe in myself and say yes to that thing that scares me. Today I'm going to push back and do something out of my comfort zone. And that thing doesn't have to be a grand gesture. I'm not talking quitting your job and going off with the circus to be a trapeze artist (although if that's what your dream is then totally go for it!)
I'm talking picking up that paint brush that's been sitting in the cupboard for years. Booking that class you've been wanting to do. Following that dream that keeps you awake at night. Just have a go. One scary step at a time is always better than no steps at all.