Most know, experienced or witnessed how fear can regress even the most intelligent person. But at it’s worst, fear stalls regression AND progression keeping its prey static so they see others moving around them and are afraid to go forward or back.
When I’m at my best self, I see every situation as an opportunity—even those that scare the hell out of me. And when I’m REALLY in a good way I embrace the most uncomfortable moments as personal challenges and opportunities to see who I am truly capable of becoming… Or better yet, shine a light on who I didn’t know I already was.
Without going into details (they aren’t that interesting anyway) this week- and TODAY in particular- was one of those occasions where I shed my fear in spite of myself and after reaching the other side, had a different opinion of what I’m capable of… And (an added bonus) got to experience remarkable people doing their best work too.
I’m finding these opportunities are cumulative. They build up over time—it’s not like some bolt of lightning that will strike and I’ll be profoundly different, and thank goodness. I don’t think that’s the kind of change I’d be any good at anyway. It’s the small strides, made by dipping my toes into unchartered, uncomfortable and sometimes unwanted waters that is leading me to be a person I’m better suited to spend my life with… Which is good because I’m kinda stuck with her.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s still lots of stuff I’d rather not deal with. But little by little the more hurdles I clear the less daunting the next one looks—regardless of what it is. And knowing something is fear-based doesn’t automatically make it fact-based. I have the proof!
I also understand that some folks already have this innate knowledge and may be puzzled at why this is a revelation. All I can say to that is… Count your blessings, and wanna meet for coffee? I could use some wisdom on the next hurdle.