Being Brave and Overcoming Obstacles

Why do we stop doing things that scare us? Not the things that will put us in grave danger, but rather the things that make us feel uncomfortable but could make us feel pretty darn good about ourselves if we successfully completed them. In the realm of physical activity, this is big issue. Often we stick to the basic jogging, riding, skiing because moving differently than we’re accustomed to is scary and fraught with danger.

In one of her blog posts BE BRAVE! “For big results, think small”, Julie Angel shares the importance of breaking the habit of letting fear stop you from moving. From trying something new. I had the pleasure of meeting Julie last year at the Art of Retreat in New York. I have already raved about her in my last post about the top females Move Me to Move.

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“It became clear to me during my first class that I had unknowingly developed a certain habit over the past 20 years. The habit of avoiding challenges and therefore facing my fears. On the surface I was cool calm and collected but inside I was scared of everything. I no longer knew how to be brave mentally and physically. I suddenly had to think about how to move, WTF! When did this start happening?” – Julie Angel (Photo by Anya Chibis)

She’s an author and a movement advocate. The above article ties in nicely with my “Fierce New Skill” of the month; the kong vault. So take this month and break out of that comfortable shell of yours. Try a new skill!

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Fear of failure…just another road block to success

How often do we fail at something before we start trying?  The times I most regret in sport, work and life are the opportunities I do not seize out of fear of failure or fear of what others may think. Great things await those who only fail when they give up.

Found this great article on Lifehacker that helps breakdown the barriers of “Taking the Plunge” and pursuing your passion. I lived this journey first hand when I went from my 9-5 plus some evenings and weekends career, to packing up my car and pursuing my passion for stunts.

The three strategies that Ash Read offered up were integral to my journey being a successful one. First off, I had to change my perception of failure and embrace that my version of success was going to take time, detours and some amount of ‘failure’. Secondly, I found myself a mentor. Well she found me but either way I was guided and supported by a very wise woman (big shout out to Amber Wright). Lastly, I broke my main goal down into doable chunks so that every little win was a reason to celebrate and the whole damn thing seemed less intimidating.

Basically, I grabbed life by the #ladybalz and it left me shooting the double guns. Take that fear of failure! Now you try it.

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