it's on!

5 Aug

It’s okay to be scared.

Whew!  I just needed to get that off my chest.

Over the last few months I’ve done several things that brought fear into my life.  One of those being my nose piercing episode the night before last. ahem. Others being moving to Thailand, starting teaching, moving to a college away from home where I didn’t know a single soul, quitting my job – the list goes on…

Anyway, tomorrow I’m teaching my first ever PiYo class.  And let me tell you…I’m scared!  Well, scared and nervous.

The problem is that I have a tendency to let fear paralyze me.  When there is a mountain in front of me that needs climbing, I initially feel pumped and ready to tackle it, but once I begin moving forward, I freeze.  The sick stomach comes on.  My forehead crinkles as my concerned eyes (as my husband calls them) take over.  And I begin to panic.  My instincts tell me to shut down, back away and do something that is easier and more comfortable.

But as I was sitting in my living room today think through what I need to do to finish preparing for tomorrow, I suddenly had this epiphany that it’s okay to be scared!  Some of the best things in my life have happened because I looked fear straight in the face and said “it’s on!”  To be great takes being uncomfortable.

It is when we get out of our comfort zone and push ourselves beyond what we ever thought we were capable of, that we gain confidence, pride and joy.  It is in those fleeting moments that we want to flight, but we duck our heads and push through that we become who we truly want to be.

It’s not easy…and it’s not necessarily always fun.  But it’s worth it.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

What is something that you have been fearful of doing, but you pushed through the fear and came out on top?  Come on, inspire me!


5 Responses to “it's on!”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) August 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Girl you’re gonna do fine. Look at all the other things you have done. I mean moving to Thailand???!!!! That’s a biggy. One thing that paralyzed me was changing jobs. I stuck with a job I loathed for 8.5 years b/c it was safe.

  2. Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen August 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    So proud of you for letting God use you on the mission field. Can’t wait to follow your experiences,hopefully you can blog about your time there!

    • candice August 7, 2010 at 8:41 am #

      Thank you:) Actually we’re already back! Unfortunately I hadn’t started blogging when we were there, which makes me sad. Occasionally I do throw in a “flashback” post about Thailand on CSM, though.

  3. I think sometimes I let fear guide me and I shouldn’t. I want to learn to embrace the things that scare me because in my experience things work out for the best in the end.

    • candice August 6, 2010 at 10:32 am #

      So true:) We can’t let fear rule!

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