Do this one thing to grow in big ways. Well, what is it you ask?
Something that scares you.
Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone”
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Roy T. Bennett said, “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Mark Twain said, “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”
I believe all of these to be true. Everything I’ve done in my life that’s been the most rewarding, challenging, and thus, life-changing, wasn’t the easy move.
You might be thinking: I thought you were all about Abraham Hicks and path of least resistance stuff. I still am and will always be a fan of surrender and letting go.
But that doesn’t mean the first steps to doing that aren’t hard as fuck.
We cling to things we know, even if they’re not healthy for us. We are risk averse. Change averse.
I think that’s why it’s so hard to do the scary thing. The very first steps.
Let’s take starting my photo biz, for example. I had JUST finished a very expensive masters degree in a totally unrelated field. It seems ludicrous to quit my job and go out on my own to be a photographer. It was scary. But my knowing kept calling me to it.
I’d be at work, not doing what I was supposed to be doing, but instead stalking photographers online like a weirdo. The draw to photography was easy. The first step to get to this point, impossible.
What is one thing you can do every day that scares you a little? I just joined a new program with a new coach and the price tag scared me a little. Okay, a lot. But already it’s been an incredible investment in myself and my business.
Getting behind the mic for this show scared the crap out of me. My inner critic is a loud muthfucka.
Well, I feel that it’s a major reason why we’re all here. I have made the coolest friends and memories doing the scary things. I mean, I could just put off stuff and play phone games all day, but if I stay there too long, I start dying.
We’re all dying, but I want to live the shit out of this life first.
Do one thing every single day that scares you. Doesn’t matter how small or big.
IF you’re already doing this or plan to, I’d love to hear about it. Email email@example.com with your first big scary step or one that’s happened in the past that changed you.