I wish I had done that….
This month I interviewed Mariegold Randy. Mariegold is AWESOME!! She is incredibly inspiring and was the impetus for Captain Awesome this month!
I ask everyone I interview…”If you could pass on one thing, what would that be?” Her answer, “Do what scares you!”
We are drawn to the things that scare us, have you noticed that? These scary things seem to follow us and show up at odd, inconvenient times....
So...rather than continue to avoid the fear, look it straight in the eye and move towards it!! Ya..ya..you say, easier said than done.
You don’t have to jump off a cliff!! You don’t have to do it all at once!! And really, the first step is peeking around the corner.
Too often we think we need to do it all or do nothing. We’ll that's simply not true. You can just do a toe-in. Make it comfortable, retreat, do another toe-in...repeat. The most important thing is to be consistent. Slow, steady, regular moves toward that thing that scares you but secretly you want to do.
I started Awesome People thinking I was gonna do video interviews.…..put a camera in front of me and I freeze!!! What was I thinking! But I couldn't give up on my dream of interviewing people. Did you know there's this thing called Podcasts. AMAZING! So I moved towards that, I didn't quit and didn't give up, I found another way that was less scary, manageable and still in line with my goals and dreams. HOWEVER….I’m still working on the whole video thing. Mostly because it’s super uncomfortable and I hate that feeling of not being able to do something because I’m too nervous or scared.…..I have made progress. I’m able to do short 30 - 60 second videos…..after that I lose my composure. Soon, 3 minutes!! After that...who knows. Most people I interview don't want to be on video….but I’m still going to conquer my fear!!
Do what scares you. Start with just a toe-in….and then a baby step and then a full step and then...jump!!
Remind yourself that the worst feeling would be to wake up one day thinking “I wish I had done that….”
"I am stronger than fear."
- Malala Yousafzai
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' "
- Eleanor Roosevelt
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela