When a longed-for change comes knocking at the door, it’s quite common to find ourselves resisting. Our minds become unsettled with an internal tug-of-war between yes and no. Yes, I want something greater and better than what I currently have (i.e., the dream) versus no, I’m afraid of the unknown, of messing up, of being judged or ridiculed (i.e., letting fear run our lives). I believe for many of us, the real concern is fear of disappointment. What IF the dream was something that was never in reality attainable?
Stepping out of the comfort zone with that fear mindset then becomes a challenge.
We wonder … will it be worth it?
I’ve experienced many of these transitions in my life where something MAJOR is about to happen. And, every step that brings me closer to the new possibility makes me recoil with worry that it – the anticipation of a better tomorrow – might slip away if I take a wrong turn, say the wrong thing, or even glance the wrong way!
Sometimes, it can feel impossible to be genuinely happy.- I’m talking about the real, inner happiness that comes from deep within – to have a life you want to wake up to, where you feel good the majority of the time, and where everything just flows. It can be hard to let go of our hard earned reality.
But in this game of life and change, you won’t really know what’s on the other side of that risk you’re toying with unless YOU choose to take the risk.
And, whatever you believe is on the other side of that risk … is just a belief, your imagination!
Imagine that, letting your imagination dictate which path you will choose when you reach the fork in the road. When you’re loaded with fear, the dream evaporates into uncertainty.
But, WHAT IF …
What if the path you really want to follow leads to a life you love?
What if the change you want to create in your life is literally just around the corner?
By holding onto your comfort zone, you’re potentially missing out on a world of possibilities.
And, I know how easily we can miss out on opportunities because of fear. Raise your hand if you’ve ever regretted not doing that thing you were afraid to do, but really wanted to do.
I’ve been on both sides of that coin, and the truth is:
Taking the risky, scary, who-knows-what-will-happen path will make you come alive. It will challenge you in ways that will make you appreciate stepping outside of your comfort zone to experience something new, something different, something exciting and inspiring.
So, today, I’m going to invite you to take a small step out of your comfort zone.
I’m going to suggest you imagine the WORST CASE SCENARIO. What’s the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen if you chose the path you really want to choose?
Now, I want you to remember that today, YOU have all the tools, skills, knowledge and courage to take the next step, even a small step, with success.
You’re exactly where you need to be and as Gabrielle Bernstein writes in her book Super Attractor, “rejection is protection.”
If you get a no on this journey, just know that this door was not the one meant for you and another is bound to open with more than you can possibly imagine.
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