Don’t let your fears stop you!

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a public event that was sure to be an evening of great information.  That knowledge didn’t change the fact that I was terrified at the prospect of being in a large group of people, only knowing the friend who’d invited me.

Hours before the event, I experienced a severe anxiety attack, and I was almost in tears at the thought of going.  I called my friend, got lots of support and understanding, and an offer to meet me out front, so I was prepared to face this fear so it no longer cripples me.

As it turned out, I met a handful of really nice folks, and even ended up on stage, telling my story to over 300 strangers.  My stomach was in knots, my hands were sweating, but my friends were beside me and I was proud of myself!  Despite that initial terror, I got up and spoke publicly and, even though the fear is still there, it’s not nearly as strong as it was, because I took away some of its power over me.

In the past, I made it a habit to put things off that were scary, and I became very good at procrastination.  Now, though, I’m breaking that habit, and challenging myself more.  I realized that I’m missing out on life if I let my fears control what I do and don’t do.

There’s a saying I’ve heard a lot over the years:  “The only way to GET through it is to GO through it!”  I am a firm believer in the power of facing your demons,  feeling the feelings that come up and then moving forward a astronger, more confident person.

What are some challenges you’ve overcome?  I’d love to hear what you’ve mastered, how you did it and how you felt in the process.  Please share your thoughts and tools for success :)

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