Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with a 77-year-old man, who has far more wisdom than any words can ever convene.
At the very beginning of our conversation, he asked, “Well, who are you? Tell me about yourself.”
I began to tell him the story of how I came to be where I am today. His response blew me away.
After I finished, he said, “well it’s obvious you haven’t quite figured out why God gave you long arms.”
I remained silent, a little puzzled by this response.
He then said, “to pat yourself on the back.”
This literally brought tears to my eyes.
I’d never stop to think about all that I’d accomplished or stop to acknowledge that I’m right where I need to be.
Sometimes I feel that I can be doing more, writing more, networking more, more, more, more.
I always find “extra” tasks to add to my already endless scroll of “things-to-do.”
I get so caught up in the process of life that I forget to celebrate my growth and victories.
I am much harder on myself so I loved receiving this gentle reminder of how far I’ve come.
This wise old sage gave me the insight I needed to relax, show gratitude, and thanksgiving for the progress I’ve made so far.
The lessons that I’ve learned has provided me with the discernment I need to move forward to overcome every battle I’ll face because the battles never end.
When I share tales of my battles, it’s to affirm to others that everything we experience is meaningful and important to our journey.
During these battles, my fears have no power over me because I’ve already conquered them.
When I am faced with fear again, because I will, again and again, and again, I can recall my previous victories and prepare for the battle ahead.
Regardless of what the future holds for me, I trust and know that I will be victorious.
Here are 5 Steps I use to move beyond fear and walk into victory.
1. Identify worst-case scenarios
If you do move forward towards your fears, what’s the worse that could happen? Be as specific as possible. I suggest writing this down on paper, so you can see it and read it back to yourself.
2. Imagine positive outcomes
Now that you’ve got the worry out of the way, think about all of the positive outcomes that can result from you facing your fears. How will you feel?
3. Create a plan
You’ve identified the positive outcomes of you facing your fears, now it’s time to work towards it. Create a plan that will produce the results that you identified. Start small and continue to add to your plan. What is one thing you can do today that will move closer towards your outcome?
4. Take action
Each day actively work towards accomplishing small goals that will lead to your bigger outcome. Use your plan as a guide to help you navigate the landscape.
5. Get help
Asking for help sometimes is the hardest thing to do, but we can’t do it along. Connect with someone who can hold you accountable and elevate you during your conquering moments. Having an accountability partner or coach is essential as you move forward in your journey.
Move beyond your fear and walk into the greatness that awaits you.