“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.” ~ Mary Kay Ash
As an advocate of women’s leadership, my goal is to connect women with information, tools, resources and people to help them nurture and promote both their professional and personal self. The resource pool is wide and deep, but it’s only part of the story.
All the information in the world – as great and powerful as the source or concept may be – will stand motionless unless you actually do something with it. For some things, it’s easy enough to move forward. For other things, just the thought of it can be downright paralyzing. If fear is the beast holding you back – fear of humiliation, fear of failure or even as Marianne Williamson says, fear that we are powerful beyond measure – then now is the time to face it head on.
So how do you muster up the courage and dare to do something you only imagined? Brian Tracy, self-help author and speaker, captures it best:
Control Your Fear
First Rule: “Everyone is afraid.” You’re afraid, I’m afraid, everyone you meet is afraid in some way, often in many ways. As Mark Twain said, “Courage is not absence of fear; it is control of fear, mastery of fear.” The brave person is the person who acts in spite of his or her fear, who faces the fear, feels the fear and moves forward regardless.
Confront Your Fear
Second Rule: “Fears diminish and lose their power over you as you confront them and move toward them; conversely, every time you back away from a fear situation, the fear grows and becomes more powerful.” The only way to develop courage is to consciously and continuously make a habit of confronting your fear of treating every fear-inducing situation as a challenge and as an opportunity to become stronger, more resolute.
Do The Very Thing You Fear
Third Rule: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” Psychologists call this the process of “systematic desensitization,” doing it over and over until it holds no fear for you at all.
So What’s Your Big Dare?
Getting out of a meaningless job? Starting that business you always thought about? Promoting yourself more? Making yourself a priority despite what others might think? Playing the drums? Running a marathon? The possibilities are endless.
I invite you – even dare you – to take one small step closer towards just one thing that makes your heart sing.
Need some more inspiration? Check out this video…