I know you’ve all heard it…
That little voice you hear in your head.
So many of us suppress it to the point that it’s become just a faint whisper, but it’s always there.
It’s the little voice that quietly prods you to step outside of your comfort zone. The stirring deep down inside that’s begging to be set free.
I love being around little kids. They are the epitome of living a free life. They say whatever they like, do whatever they like, without a second thought. They literally have no filter. Don’t get me wrong, as an adult there are certain things that are inappropriate to do or say, but I do think more of us need to harness our inner child. We allow fear to cripple us and stop us from pursuing the things we really want. The funny thing is, the large majority of these fears are irrational or the consequences are not as severe as we perceived them to be. At some point in our lives, we have some negative experiences that make us think twice before we act. So the next time our inner voice has a great idea or wants to say something, the voices of fear and doubt chime in. Over time, the voice of our insecurities sound off much louder, breathing down our necks, keeping us in check.
The problem is we view vulnerability as the enemy. We hesitate on acting on our true selves, because that would expose us to the world. We are afraid of putting ourselves out there and being rejected, laughed at or ignored. I’d like to suggest looking at vulnerability as an opportunity. Embrace it! It provides a moment for improvement, innovation, and evolution. The reality is there will always be failure or embarrassment in your life. So why tip-toe around trying to avoid it if its unavoidable. The way I look at it, I might as well pursue the things I want in the process and increase my chances of achieving them. Dare to be bold. You’ll realize that even when things don’t go the way you want, its not the end of the world. Live, Laugh and Move on. And quite honestly, you’ll also realize that a lot of the times the worst-case scenarios that we create in our mind, never even happen.
Imagine you are on your deathbed and standing around you are the ghosts of the ideas, the gifts, the abilities, the talents given to you and for whatever reason you never used those ideas, never acted on those dreams, never said those words. They stare you in the eyes questioning why you never gave them life. The questions is if you die today, what great things will die with you?
So now, Id like to suggest a challenge for the next 2 weeks
Once a day for the next 2 weeks, step outside your comfort zone. When that little voice whispers in your ear
It doesn’t have to be anything huge.
For example, I often see people and I feel the urge to pay them a compliment. But for whatever reason doubt creeps in and I don’t. I worry they may not hear me, or they might take it the wrong way. For the last little while, when I’ve felt that urge, I’ve made sure to do it. Its been a great way to suppress my worries and prove to myself that those fears are often unfounded. It’s been funny, because more often then not I’ve been received by a grateful smile.
Small conscious acts like this can help to form habits that will help to tackle even greater aspirations.
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Don’t be a spectator in your own life
Destiny waits for no one…