How many times have you found yourself at the edge of a new choice and completely unable to just say, “yes”? You are there….holding your breathe but the fear of something new holds you back. It is normal to instinctively cling to the warmth of the known.
We all have done it. Some stay in relationships or jobs too long while others eat the same meals over and over. There is value in comfort but sometimes we all need to release the breathe and just say “YES!”. While it is impossible for me to un-glue your feet…I can hopefully get you in the road.
- Love. So often we guard our hearts when in truth we all need to open them wider. Never be afraid to love and be loved…because in the end it is always worth it.
- Exercise. Don’t let your weight hold you back for getting out there. It’s easy to hide behind your own eyes and not want to bring attention to yourself. It doesn’t matter who watches your journey…it just matters that you are taking it.
- Telling the Truth. Hiding behind politeness, especially as women, we tend to hold back the truth. No one wants to make someone feel bad. However the truth is just that…and I must say it feels incredible to live in it, especially with yourself.
- Learning. In one of my college courses I sat next to an older woman who had long been retired and was enjoying the graceful years of her life. As she listened and took notes, I recall thinking…when I grow up, I want to be just like here. Never stop yourself from doing something because you think you missed your moment.
- Asking for what you want. Growing up the polite child of a single mom, I was raised to never ask for anything and appreciate whatever comes my way. A true child of sincere gratitude, it was foreign to me to think that I should ask for what I want. But the truth is people can’t read your mind. If you want something…you just have to ask for it! You have nothing to lose.
- Trying something new. I can’t tell you how many times I have I have held my breathe as I sit in a great restaurant and listen to the chef’s specials of the day and pause…too long. Sometimes even the smallest leaps seem risky. Next time, I am totally ordering the chef’s special!
- Being imperfect. Despite what advertisers say, you don’t have to be perfect. It is our imperfections that create our uniqueness. Embrace it and live your imperfections loudly.
- Changing your story. It is never too late to change your story. You are not powerless….in fact you write your story with each and every word. SO change your words. Change your story. Change your life.
- Owning your body. Many of us dread putting on a swimsuit but it is important that you don’t stay out of the water because you can’t handle the thought of being seen. We may not have the bodies we had in our mid 20s but who cares! Chances are you spend far more time thinking about it than anyone else who sees you will. Take a swim and enjoy life!
- Setting BIG goals. Dare to dream in a HUGE way. The Daily OWN set what we felt were pretty adventurous goals and within 15 months we reached them all….and even met and took photos with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. When reflecting back, my sister and I realized, anything is possible when the right energy goes out into the world AND no dream is too big.
TonyRobbins tells us that fear is natural and a good thing. It prompts us to change and can even protect us. But one thing no one wants to see is fear paralyzing you from living your best life. Instead breath through the fear and find the courage to break free from it. Once that happens…you will soar!