I used to sit around and think and plan and scheme about how I wanted my life to be.
Now, I think and plan and scheme - and take action.
So, what has changed? What was the missing ingredient before? FEAR.
Before, I let fear hold me back from taking action toward my dreams and my goals. I thought that the fear that I felt meant that I wasn't ready. I thought that in order to succeed, I needed to eliminate this feeling of fear, and that I would be free to take action when it was gone.
I had it all wrong. I now know that the only way to eliminate the fear that you feel is, ironically, to TAKE ACTION.
I also understand, after much trial and error and heartache and disappointment, that the quickest way to identify your true heart's desires is to ask yourself what you fear the most. My biggest fears centered around taking the next step in my career and writing. I knew that addressing those two items would bring me the most satisfaction in my life, because they created the biggest feelings of fear and anxiety. Of course, that also made them the most difficult issues to address. No pain no gain, right?
But, even knowing this did not make it any easier to take action. But it made it possible. This took a long time. From the time I realized that I wanted to write to the time I publisehd my very first blog article literally took years. The time that I spent thinking about where I wanted my career to go was almost a decade. I'm not saying that identifying your fears will make things happen overnight, I'm just saying that it will help you to develop a plan.
I think that the same is true for you. Do you feel stuck in some area of your life? Do you feel like you're not exactly where you would like to be. You may not even know where you want to go, but you feel an urge for MORE. Maybe it's time that you let your fears do the talking. I bet that if you really pay attention, your fear will show you the way.
Till next time,
© Haley McManigal 2015
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