I remember the day I first read this phrase, “…do it scared,” in Holley Gerth’s, “You’re Made for a God-sized Dream.” Since that day, these words have stuck with me over the past 3 years. I have not only recalled them, but have been forced to live by them- in a number of instances. What I was reminded of, is that while it is challenging to try new things, it is always possible when I am willing. Being a “creative autonomous” at heart most of my life, I often got a taste of the fear factor because of my entrepreneurial dreams. Attempting business ventures requires a certain level of trust that is difficult to describe. It is a major faith walk. “Doing it scared” certainly doesn’t feel good, but it is a necessary part of the plan. In fact, it is a requirement if we are to advance, live and thrive. We just have to commit to the process and trust God for the rest. What is the worse that can happen? We can stumble, all out trip…or even worse.. fall! So what though- if that happens. It is not the end of the world. Once we get back up, we can just view it as a new beginning and keep stepping. Seeing it this way, helps put a positive spin on things. We make a decision, walk in it, run… or fall- and when we do, because we are going to hit the ground at times, we get back up and keep going. There is light at the end of the tunnel and fear is just another thing to keep us boxed in. We can’t be our best selves standing in the same position forever. Any successful entrepreneur, accomplished athlete or kid who learned to ride a bike without training wheels, will all agree that the joy on the other side of that fear brings victory. Take it from an introvert and serial entrepreneur, who was once a little girl crazy about her pink Huffy (bike.) Picture me rolling.
What are you scared of today? Don’t allow fear to keep you from your destiny. As Holley wrote- “Do it scared.” Start the business, run the marathon, volunteer overseas, write the book and open that non-profit to help troubled youth. The world needs your gifts and talents. Don’t deprive us of them just because fear is trying to cripple you. You’ll be so happy you did it- even though you were scared.I promise! Know that when I write, I am always talking to myself, too. It’s therapeutic and we are in this thing called life together!
We want to hear from you. Reach out and tell us all about how you refused to let fear win. Peace, blessings and most of all, courage to you. You already have the victory.
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I read a pretty amazing quote yesterday. “During the growth process you will experience events that help you soar to new heights.” As I read those words, I thought to myself about my most recent trip to St. Maarten. While there, I got the opportunity to visit Maho Beach. If you haven’t heard or experienced what it’s like at this particular beach, I am pleased to fill you in. At first sight it appears relatively normal; there’s sand, the ocean, people sprawled across the beach and tons of activity in and around the area, but it’s what happens next, that will amaze you the most. Located just steps away from Princess Juliana International Airport, beach goers get the chance to complete what feels like a physical inspection to the undercarriage of incoming airplanes. Yep, they fly just above your head! It’s incredible.
While scrolling through my images from last week, I thought back to the above noted quote. I remembered how it was a chore, trying to capture just the “right” angle. I found myself performing a balancing act upon the edge of the concrete road, which outlines the beach. The scary part was that while doing so, incoming vehicles many of which hugged the curve rather closely, were speeding hastily towards…me, in route to the airport. However, it was the elevation of the curb that enabled me to get the shot.
Life is like this. In order to reach the peaks of mountains, you have to ascend. Of course it’s beautiful below, but ahh that feeling of gazing down upon a city or massive body of water is completely different from up above. I’m sure we’d all agree that none of this can be accomplished without some hurdles. Whether you’re trekking up the side of a mountain, or trying to balance yourself upon a steep curb for a picture, it will require some work and discipline on your part. I’d like to think that my 8 years of ballet kicked in, but some of it was utter determination. We must realize there’s no way to reach the peak without making the climb. Yes, you could technically take a helicopter ride, but think of all that you’d miss on the climb up???
If you find yourself in a difficult place today, remember that the current events are merely part of the process. They’re training and equipping you for the new view to come. There is purpose in preparation that readies you to soar! Stick to it and enjoy the journey up. You’ll find some pretty amazing views along the way to the top.
My view from the curb…Maho Beach, St. Maarten
My elevated view from atop…St. Maarten
How do you spend most of your days? What activities and/or persons take up most of your time? How different could your life be if you dedicated set amounts of time to the ventures and/or individuals most important to you? Let’s take a closer look at these questions.
If you have a goal in mind, then I’m sure you’d agree that specific steps are necessary to accomplish it. This can of course vary, depending upon the season that you’re in. A goal for one may be to get their little one potty-trained by a set date, while for another, it may be to obtain a promotion before the conclusion of this calendar year. In either case, action is required on the individual’s part if it’s going to transpire. For the person looking to climb the ranks, if your intended goal is to reach the next level within your organization, then you can’t spend your days on frivolous activities when you have down time at the office. Likewise, if this is indeed the desire of your heart, you must also give some thought to the persons who get the bulk of your time. If your days are spent with those who give you all the reasons why you can’t get promoted, then perhaps it’s time you limit your interaction with them. Think about this- What if you spent most of your time on constructive activities, in the presence of those who empower and uplift you? How different would your life be? Certainly you may not be able to change who your manager is presently, or even who you share a work space with, but you can control how you spend the rest of your time!
If you make the decision to organize your days, they will become more purposeful and fulfilling. Additionally, you will find that your activities will become less draining. Imagine that!!! Yes, you will have some days while in pursuit of your dreams that seem tiring, but they will in no way compare to the level of fatigue experienced – when you waste crucial time on meaningless things, with negative people. Establishing order upon the onset of each day can make a noticeable difference. Here are 3 simple steps to help you!
1. Create a set schedule, but be sure to leave gaps for what I like to call, “Life Happenings,” because they are sure to come. These are distractions, problems and issues that arise to take you off course. Learn to manage them, without giving them the power to ruin your day. Deal with them accordingly, adjust, and immediately get back on track- picking up from where you left off.
2. Devise steps to help you get closer to your goals. Make a concerted effort to write them down, and post them where you can see them, or place them where you will come in contact with them daily. Seeing is believing, so be sure to keep them within reach and visible at all times. If this means making them your screen saver on your computer or phone, do just that.
3. Execute! This is always the most important step. Your plans are of no use if you don’t act on them. Get a partner to help hold you accountable, and keep a checklist to follow.
Once you’ve created a plan, considered those who can in some way help bring your dreams to fruition- then you are ready to press the green light. Spend dedicated time with the Lord today, and inquire of Him how you should be spending your days, and with whom. Then, be purposeful in your dealings, so that you can give each day your best!
You decide “who” gets a seat at your table! Choose wisely~