Yesterday, I sent out my weekly motivation email to my subscriber list. It was all about fear – that powerful force that often holds us back from realizing our dreams. The email went out at 8:00 a.m. and by 8:10 when I was putting gas in my car, my best friend texted me and said I had a typo. Ugh. Crap.
I had written “fear reeks havoc” when I actually meant to say “fear wreaks havoc”. Immediately, I could feel THE FEAR start to consume me – the fear of being judged by my subscribers for being careless with my content, or even worse, not being smart. Fear that because I made a mistake, then I couldn’t possibly be perceived as a capable and qualified life coach.
Would people unsubscribe?
Would they write me off?
Would I go out of business?
I decided I had a choice. A choice with my thoughts. That in every mistake there is also a lesson and I didn’t have to let THE CRAZY FEAR get the best of me. I texted back my best friend and told her that I had just made a decision – that I decided that I used the word “reek” on purpose. Because fear does reek! It smells horrible! It also tastes horrible, looks horrible and feels horrible!
Fear suffocates dreams. Fear keeps us small and safe. Fear blocks us from having everything that we really desire.
By the time I was finished at the gas station, I had shifted my thoughts from fear and worse case scenario thinking to acceptance and best case scenario thinking. It took less than 5 minutes to make that thought shift. Imagine, if I hadn’t done it? I would have spent the entire day in worry and fear about something that might never happen (being judged, losing subscribers, losing credibility). What a waste of a day that could have been!
I share this as a reminder that we all have the power to manage our thinking. If we let it, fear will come in and try to take over, every time. It will try to mess with our minds, delay our dreams and shut down our desires. I want to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Every minute of every day – we all get to control our thoughts, which ultimately create our feelings and inspire the actions and results in our lives. We get to choose what we think.
So the next time that you feel THE FEAR creeping in. Breathe. Check your thinking. Is there a shift that you can make to move you out of fear and into a place of acceptance and compassion? Can you move from fear to love? From that place, you can take inspired action towards your dreams!