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step into the fear and do it anyway

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Frank Herbert

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Then end of the year is approaching quickly, what changes have you made this past year that you planned on making at the beginning of the year.   Did you live your year the same way you started it?   Perhaps you started with big goals and those slowly melted away and the year suddenly disappeared.

Often times what I hear is, “I’ll start tomorrow”, “I’ll start losing weight”, “I’ll start looking for a better job”, “I’ll start going to school”, “I’ll start _________ tomorrow”.   Tomorrow never gets here, it is always a day away. The delay becomes a story, a story about what might happen when.   There is another story that is playing at the same time.  The story of fear, the story of delaying until the threshold of fear can be breached.

You’ve heard that story, most everyone has at some point in their lives.  It is a disabling story that results in living the way that is the same as it was yesterday.   You will live your next year the same way you are living today unless you take the steps to transform your life.

The question to ask, “is the dream worth it to me?”   Is that dream of yours important.  Is losing weight really important to you?  Is finding a career worthy of you worth it to you?  Is starting a new business really that important for you?  Is taking that special vacation really that important to you?

What would make you feel more alive?  What would feeling alive look like to you?

As Mandela put it: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

the tipping point … predecessor for change

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
 Are you living the life you really want to live?   What creates that urge to become fully real and alive?

What does it take to go beyond those excuses and reasons for not achieving your goals to realize your dreams?

What are you passionate about?

What do you love to learn?

Take a moment and write the things you love to learn.

What do you love to do?

Take a moment and write down the things you love to do.

How do you want serve others?

Take a few seconds and write down, how you can serve others.

Ask yourself “Why” these things are important to you.   Understanding what makes you come alive will allow you to start moving towards a life that you want to really be a part of.

So, what is your “Why”?

Now what is stopping you from living your “why”?

If you wrote down a list of things that are stopping you from achieving your goal then look at that list.  What on that list is really stopping you?   Is it really that list of things?   That list is your “why not” list.     It is the list of reasons you aren’t reaching your goals, but that isn’t all of it.

Are you clear on what your purpose is?    What is the reason you wake up in the morning and get out of bed?   It is to do something isn’t it?   Then what is it that make you feel totally alive, that is your tipping point.  That is your tipping into taking action and living the life you were meant to live.

Why not take that step today.  Take the action you need to take to start living a life in which you are feeling totally alive.

Now, say out loud, “I AM ALIVE“, say it again I AM ALIVE“.  Start living today.

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”   Joseph Campbell

“It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.”  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross