I get in these pockets of gratitude.
I’ve been in really low places in my life. I had nothing to look forward to, no confidence in my abilities, no HOPE.
The last three years of my life have been spent LIVING. I would be lying to you if I said that I don’t have daily moments of insecurity and fear. In fact, the better things get, the higher the stakes, the more vulnerable I am.
BUT I know, in my bones, in the depths of my soul, that to whom much is given, much is expected.
I guess this post originated from my cover photo that I just updated. I see a picture of the girl I had always hoped to be, and for SO long, thought I would never become. She’s standing next to loving, compassionate, driven, relentless UNBELIEVABLE people that she met exploring so far beyond her boundaries and outside of her comfort zone.
Without that leap, I would never know these blessings.
To think that fear and insecurity could have robbed me of the right and the privilege of these relationships and experiences is paralyzing. These moments and these people are my most prized possessions.
I want to challenge you today to think about the last time you stepped out into the open and did something completely terrifying. Remember that jolt of adrenaline? Your throat closing up? That stirring in your gut? It’s debilitating.
Now I want you to think about the GIFTS — whether they are people, a greater purpose, possessions or LIFE LESSONS that you received because you stepped out into the open and faced your fear. The freedom and the confidence you are gifted with when you turn the lights on and that scary monster is just the shadow of a coat hanging over a chair.
Imagine what your life would be like without those blessings. Is the fear of FAILING bigger than the fear of missing out on LIVING?
Perhaps together we can use the FEAR of missing out on future greatness as a motivator to do the things that scare us the most. Swapping fear for fear, we can live our lives — SO aware that doing what is uncomfortable, what is challenging, what is rarely done is the key to unlock the most rewarding relationships, experiences and opportunities.
Ladies and gentleman, I don’t have it together. I try my hardest, I pray with the purest of hearts and I keep it REAL — but no one said you have to have it together to live your life to the fullest.
1) Seek after the things that scare you.
2) Know that perfection is not required.
3) Think about the greatness you will miss out on if you don’t give it a shot.
4) Remember you are human, and the MORE honest you remain, the more people will love you, relate to you and want to see you succeed.