Although this post has been generously sponsored by “pHemme®”, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect “pHemme®”.
Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’m possible!”
This quote might be overused, but that almost makes me love it more. I am a true believer that if you stay consistent and persistent with something you can make it your reality. We all have challenges in life, although, hopefully we learn and grow stronger from the difficulty in those challenges present.
It was just over a year ago that I had some big decisions on my plate. You might recall a post I had previously written about deciding whether or not going back to school to obtain an MBA was the right choice for me. I wrote that when was at a point where I was heavy in preparation for mine. I had thought for the longest time that I was going to do the program and that it was the next step in my plan. As it got closer and closer it became apparent that it definitely was not what was going to make me happy and might actually draw me further away from my true goals.
It is a scary thought, that the plan that you have been preparing for, for many years was actually not the right one all along.
Fearlessness is being true to YOU. Fearlessness is doing what makes you happy. Fearlessness is living by example.
I went through a long period of figuring out what was important to me, what my values were and how I could better implement them in my life. I needed to figure out what I actually wanted from life and what I saw in my path.
Being fearless also doesn’t mean that you never get scared. Being fearless is recognizing the fear, acknowledging it and creating a plan to push through.
When I determined that the MBA was not going to bring me the lifestyle values that I wanted, I knew I needed to start a blog – then, the next bucket of fears drove in. A year ago I had so many doubts about myself and what I could do as a blogger. I had the same doubts as everyone else, “what if I am not good at it”, “what if no one reads it”. Nonetheless I pushed through because I felt called to do so.
It is funny to look back and think about it; I had more anxiety about starting my blog than I did about doing my MBA. A whole year later I have grown so much in my confidence and what I feel capable of doing. It would have been so easy to fall into a prescribed path of following the herds off to the MBA. It takes a lot more independence to curate your own path and tailor it to your desires. To break away from the norm is scary but if you have confidence in yourself you can do anything you want, nothing is impossible as Audrey said!
Here are my five tips for being fearless!
1. Trust yourself –
Most of the time your intuition is right. If you don’t feel 100% about something make a change!
2. Don’t worry about things out of your control –
I struggle with this one, but why waste energy obsessing over things you cannot control – focus your fearless energy on things within your power!
3. Know yourself –
Take the time to ‘get to know you’. Figure out your true passions and values. It is a lot of work, but fearless decisions are made easier if you understand yourself!
4. Determine the worst-case scenario –
If the worst-case scenario is that everything will be status quo, take the chance and go out on a limb! Fearless rewards could be coming your way!
5. Embrace the struggle –
Yes, that struggle is REAL! Take the time to learn major lessons and gain confidence from that struggle J
Being fearless is following your heart