Have you heard the saying doctor heal thyself? It’s interesting how you can be a great resource for information, guidance, advice, or inspiration for others but have difficulty applying those ideas to your own life.
It’s something we (any of us in that type of role) all struggle with at times. Whether it’s a doctor who smokes, a professor who talks about the importance of self-discipline and organization while their office looks like a tornado came through, or a therapist who talks about not letting fear keep you from going after the things you want and deserve yet still hasn’t started that project she’s been thinking about for years 😉 .
Okay, that last one is a bit of a confession. I have been talking with a lot of people lately about the need to take risks in order to create the changes we want in our life. During group this week I asked everyone to identify something they’ve wanted to do, try, dreamed of, etc. Then asked what fear or worry holds them back.
As I worked to “debunk” the fears and the what ifs they came up with, I found myself feeling a little like a hypocrite. Well, maybe more than just a little. I guess I should give myself some credit. I have taken a lot of risks over the years. However, there is one, that for some reason, I am still having incredible difficulty pushing through.
So, I am going to take my own advice and identify the what ifs and fears holding me back so I can work on letting them go.
When you allow the fears to hold you back you reinforce the negative ideas you hold about yourself…not capable, not good enough, not deserving, etc.
It’s time to let it go. The quote that started the discussion is
a ship is safe in harbor…..but that's not what ships are for ~William G T Shedd
What does that mean for you? What have you wanted to do but allowed fear to get in the way? If you’ve been able to face the fear and move forward, what helped you?