“Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” ~David Lloyd George
Sometimes fear stops us from trying new things, or taking a risk. If we stop to ask ourselves what we really are afraid of, it is often what I call a “shadow fear”. By this, I mean it is not a fear of something that might actually cause distress in our lives, but rather an immobilization caused by the discomfort of really putting ourselves out there.
Deep down, it may have to do with lacking the courage to truly be ourselves, rather than being who others have expected us to be. It is as though we have lived our lives according to a script from which it may feel difficult to deviate. Perhaps there is a fear of what others might think. There may be a fear of distinguishing ourselves, after years of trying to conform.
The truth is though, that we never stop growing, and it goes against nature to suppress that change. Our instincts or yearnings are what lead us forward, so we should listen to them. Whether they invite us to try a new creative outlet or sport activity, to initiate a friendship, ask someone out, volunteer our time, or run for office, we should say “yes.”
What is being offered by this intuitive voice is a new path. There will be gifts and learnings on that new path that we would otherwise not experience. If you must fear something, fear missing out on all the doors that will remain closed if you do not act. There is nothing to fear, so go ahead and leap!
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