When I did this live stream in the Academy, many people said this is exactly what they needed. We’re talking today about fear and how to learn to co-exist with your fear and use it to your advantage instead of avoiding it.
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I know many of you have started a lot of new things in the past few months. When we embark on a new journey, the first thing we feel is fear. I heard this quote on a podcast: “The butterflies you feel in your stomach means that you’ve got skin in the game.” The nervousness you feel means that that thing is actually worth doing and you are invested in it. Feeling that fear is normal and it’s meant to protect you. It automatically appears when you don’t know how things are going to turn out. There’s nothing bad about feeling that fear but we need to learn how to co-exist with it.
When you want to start something, it’s scary but once you say yes the first feeling that you feel is excitement and exhilaration. Then the feeling that immediately follows that is fear and that is totally normal. Whenever I make a new business, I always feel fear around that. Even if I’ve done similar things before, it’s totally normal. That fear is there to protect us since we don’t know how things are going to turn out. There is nothing wrong with that feeling of fear but we need to co-exist with it and deal with it.
On a podcast interview with Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote the books “Big Magic” and “Eat, Pray, Love”, she talked about having a conversation with fear instead of having to push it away. Invite it in for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Let fear in and listen to your fear as to why you are afraid. You can write things down. Once you’ve let that have its way and not interrupt it, you can see why you have that fear, the worse that could happen, what you need to address, and look at things more objectively. You’re going to know the worst that could happen and know how to deal with it.
Sometimes we are so immersed in all our what ifs but once we play them in our mind, we realize that they’re not so big at all. Fear doesn’t have to hold us back and we just need to understand how to deal with it. “Butterflies in your stomach are just a sign that you’ve got skin in the game.”
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