What if failure wasn't an option?
I’m sure you know as well as I do that comfort zones are often hard to break free from. They’re cosy, familiar and predictable but we don’t learn much about ourselves there. Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok to be there sometimes but not every second of every day. You won’t be challenging yourself if you don’t break free from the certainty that your comfort zone gives you.
Jumping into the unknown, telling yourself hundreds of ‘what if’s’, worrying about what others will think of you and believing that you can’t is exhausting. So much so, that it’s often easier to stay put. But deep down, do you really want to stay there? Wouldn’t you prefer to live a life that’s aligned with who you truly are, what you truly desire and what you’re worthy of?
For me, the answer is YES! If it is for you too then I want to ask you something…
What’s holding you back?
Are you doubting yourself based on past experiences when things didn’t work out the way you had planned? Are you focusing all of your energy on everything that could go wrong rather than what could go right? Are you listening to everyone else’s opinions? Are you worried that people will judge you?
Here’s a simple example of how I let fear get in my way yesterday.
I was in Lola Berry’s yoga class, doing tree pose when she encouraged us to take our gaze up and then close our eyes. If you haven’t tried tree pose, it’s all about balance and so closing your eyes makes it that little bit (a lot!) harder. When she said to close our eyes, half of the class didn’t- including me. She noticed this and said that how we show up on our mat is how we show up in our lives. That got me thinking and I decided to break through my fear on the next side of the pose. Guess what… I wobbled, came out of the pose and got back up and gave it another go. Was I the only one? No. Did anyone think less of me? No. Did I berate myself for ‘failing’? No. Did I feel good for giving it a go? Yes!
I know this is a small example, but tell me, what’s the first thing you’d do if failure wasn’t an option? Say it to yourself, tell someone else and/or write it down. Now, ask yourself this, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Finish off by repeating this mantra three times.
“I slowly release my fear of failure. I believe in myself. I am worthy. I am able. I am here to live my best life.”
When it’s right for you, go ahead and take the first step. I’m right here for you if you need some support along the way.
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