Who Cares If It Scares You?

Who cares if it scares you? Do it anyway! What is fear? Fear as a verb is defined as: to be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful or threatening. Can you discern the look on my face? The look on my face is that of fear, uncertainty as I step into the unknown. I took this picture as I departed from my comfy <19> nineteen year position as a paralegal.  I experienced the worst week of anxiety before I started my new job as an executive assistant. My mind thought of everything that could go wrong and I went back and forth with my decision. I realized that if I didn’t take the leap and conquer my fear – the looming question of “what if” would drive me nuts. So, I leaped, jumped and ran with fear in tow.

I chose to be safe for 19 years, but the last <10>  ten years I did a disservice to myself. Deciding to continually stand on the sidelines and never put myself in the game -is time I will never get back. I allowed myself to remain stagnant due to fear of failure and/or fear of trying something new. In the words of Auntie Maxine – I’m reclaiming my time. The last three <3> weeks I’ve been embarking on new adventures in uncharted territory, but my experiences are invaluable and here’s what I’ve gained:

Discovering: I became increasingly uncomfortable at my old place of employment. It forced me to redefine what success looked like to me and I discovered what I thought of my worth when I had to negotiate my new salary.

Growing: Even if you’re afraid, do it anyway. Stepping out of my comfort zone has pushed me to cultivate allies in the company, forcing me to grow in areas that I didn’t know I needed to.

Learning: I’m learning to encourage myself and psych myself up on days that I need to. If I have to listen to music to get me going.. I do it. I feel the fear, let it pass and get on with my day. I’m learning to trust my intuition more and quiet the noise.  It’s a process but definitely worth it.

So, I encourage you to drop that fear and tap into your inner “Magic”! What you should know is despite what is going on within you, life will continue to go on without you. Each of these experiences, even through my mistakes, are a win. 2017 has been a year of conquering my fears; and this year isn’t over yet. Tho I don’t know what the future holds for me, I do know who holds my future. My advice: take the leap, and if you must.. bring fear along because no one really cares if you’re scared, so just do it anyway.

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