Fear is a Choice
Fear is what stops you from living. Allowing yourself to believe in your fears more than you believe in yourself is so limiting, not to mention self-destructive. How many times have you said no, but wanted to say yes? How many times have you allowed your fears to control you, pushing your dreams to the side? How many times have you chosen to let fear win?
Fear is a choice.
You have a choice. You can choose to say yes, feel the adrenaline, and know you're about to do something really brave - or you can sit back and let fear win, letting life pass you by ... The choice is yours.
Today, I made the choice to slap fear in the face.
I chose to ignore the negative commentary in my mind, and replace those doubtful thoughts with positive ones instead. Instead of thinking I can't do this, I thought yes I can. Instead of believing I wasn't capable of facing my fears, I said now's your chance.
As someone who's scared of heights, cliff jumping is certainly not at the top of my to-do list ... But you know what's even scarier? Regrets.
I've heard it said that when you're scared, you're about to do something really brave. I don't know about you, but I don't want fear to live my life, I want to be brave.
I watched my peers leap forward, hands in the air, filled with excitement - and I continued to battle my mind.
I watched my friends slowly turn off their GoPros, cameras, videos, etc. As I continued to contemplate the jump. That's when I realized that I can control this situation, I can choose to do something amazing - or I can choose to let fear control me.
No, this was not an easy choice to make. As I stepped onto the wet rocks, watching the waterfall pour down, smashing below - I could literally feel my heart beating out of my chest, legs shaking, consumed by fears. I took a step forward, hesitated, stepped back, and repeated this until I stopped and took a deep breath.
What was I really afraid of?
Was it the actual concept of heights, my fear? Or was it my fear of losing control? To be honest, I think it's a combination of the above. Once I leap, I can no longer control the situation; I either die, or I survive something amazing. I wanted amazing, I want to live a life so full - I can spread my joy onto others. I don't want to live with regret, and the only way I can do that - is by loving my mind, filling it with positive energy and thoughts, and letting go. Letting go? Yes ... Letting go. Letting go of the fears, the doubts, the need to control, and opening myself to the unknown - living in the moment and embracing what I was about to do.
Fortunately, I was surrounded by some pretty amazing people who reminded me to take my time, face my fear, and live without regret. Instead of judging me, they loved me. They embraced my fear as their own, and cheered me on. Instead of making me feel bad, they encouraged me. Instead of rolling their eyes at the clock ticking every time I stepped forward and changed my mind, they let me live in the moment, on my own time.
Today, I slapped fear in the face.
No - it was not an easy fear to conquer, and yes it took some time. But you know what? I did it. You know what I won't wake up with? Regret.
Instead, I can look back at this moment and realize how incredible this experience was. Not only did I get to experience this with some pretty rad humans, but I got to live. I got to feel the adrenaline rushing through my veins, as I stepped forward, feeling thefreedom in letting go in its purest form.
If there's one thing I could leave with you today, I hope you realize how capable you are. That you are able to conquer anything you set your mind to, the only person stopping you is you.
Hate your job? Quit. Find something where you feel fulfilled. You spend most of your time there. Pick something that satisfies you.
Feel stuck? Move. You are not a tree, you were never meant to live in one place.
Feel down? Find something that lifts you up.
You have choices. But it's up to you to step outside of your comfort zones.
Surround yourself with people who lift you up. I want you to believe in yourself so much, it won't matter if others believe in you - because you have so much love for yourself, you'll know you're unstoppable.
Don't let your fears define you, don't let them make your choices for you. It doesn't matter how long it takes you, or how scared you are ... The moment you make the decision to fight - you win.
Go out there, and slap your fears in the face.
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