Let’s cut to the chase. How are you feeling right now? How are you feeling at this exact moment? Take a few seconds to think about it.
Are you satisfied? Do you feel happy? Are you proud of what you’ve accomplished so far? Yes? No? Maybe?
This is how my personal mental and emotional checklist goes. It’s become extremely useful when shaping and better defining the next steps I should be taking on my journey. It's crucial to keep these aspects of your life in check at all times. Why? Because your mental, physical, and emotional health should be your number one priority. Always.
Living is easy with eyes closed—or so they say—and heck, it's even easier to point fingers and judge others based on their life choices. On the flipside, taking a good look at yourself on this mirror I'm holding right in front of you (above checklist) might be more of a challenge. But addressing these issues shouldn’t be a matter of fear, au contraire! They should empower you to take a closer look at yourself and at the things you genuinely desire.
As you're reading this, dig a bit deeper within yourself and think about where you're currently heading towards. Where do you see yourself in the next year or two? What are your long-term goals? Is there something your heart might be craving to accomplish and you’re a little hesitant to pursue? Have you been evaluating the possibility of undertaking a significant risk in the near future?
I know, I'm asking you the tough questions. But I've been there; I've been scared of change, of trying new things, and of taking big leaps without a visible safety net to catch you if you
Beautiful soul who's reading this, I'd love for you to do the same. Don't just dare to dream, go out there and chase those dreams down! You owe it to yourself to be happy and to do everything within your power to achieve your goals and aspirations.
So tell me, what scares you the most? Stepping out of your comfort zone, fear of failure, or both? When I’ve been presented with unique opportunities or when I'm focusing all my efforts on creating a new enterprise of my own, what has scared me the most has been my irrational fear of the unknown and the overall uncertainty behind undertaking new endeavors. I’m telling you, there’s nothing more thrilling, overwhelming, and paralyzing than fear of “what is going to happen next,” when you have absolutely no idea what that 'next' could be or even look like.
Let’s rewind for a sec. Fear is a natural emotion. Experiencing it should never paralyze or inhibit you from achieving your greatest potential.
Fear of the Unknown
Well, aren’t we all scared of the unknown. Would you rather play it safe? Would you rather not take a risk, which will eventually get you closer to where you want to be? The outcome will always be uncertain, but as long as you work your hardest and give it your best, you have nothing to lose, baby!
If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. I bet you've heard this one many times before. It's funny because it never made sense to me until I tried it myself; until I faced my fears and insecurities, and told them “F you, I'm going for what I want and nothing can’t stop me!” Seriously. If you want to see real change in your life, real progress in your course of action, get out there and make things happen. No matter how scary, uncertain, unpredictable, or risky things may seem, if you don’t step out of your comfort zone and actively pursue your passions, nobody else will do it for you.
Fear of Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone
So how are you going to get anywhere if you consistently choose to stay in the same place? Yes, it’s familiar, it’s warm, and it’s cozy, but you want to hear the honest truth? Comfort is the forerunner of mediocrity.
Yes, yes it is.
Now, I don’t believe you’re an average Joe, my friend. I seriously think you’re an extraordinary individual. If you’ve read this far into my post, something must have clicked, and that’s what sets you apart! You want to be bold, brave, and different. You want to leave your mark and create something remarkable. You know what, I support you all the freaking way! I honestly believe you can accomplish whatever you set your heart, mind, and soul to, but at the end of the day, it is up to you to step up and show everyone what you're capable of; it's 100% up to you to go out and devise something so magnificent, you'll forever be proud of the moment you chose to ditch your fears and conquer the universe.
What do you say? Things don't seem quite as scary once you look at them from this angle. Now, go out, work hard, and set that game plan in motion!