Have you ever tried to do something a little scary? Maybe it was a bit out of the ordinary and people thought you were crazy, or maybe you were just nervous to take the next steps. It’s always scary to do big things, but I’m here to help. I am, I promise.
You CAN do big things!
Over a year ago, I had one of the toughest conversations imaginable with my boss. I was going to leave my job, travel the country and raise money for charity with no income. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe it. To say I was scared would be an understatement but at the same time, I was excited; I knew the potential for what I was about to do and decided the benefits outweighed the risks. Here’s how I did it.
How to Do Big Things (even if they are scary)
1. Seek Support
This may seem obvious but it’s also one of the most important steps. Whether it be your family or close friends, tell people what you’re doing. Remember that not everyone will support you but when you find the ones that do, keep them close by. You’ll need to turn to them at times and you’re going to want to make sure you have the right group around you. Find them early. You’ll thank yourself later. I promise.
2. Figure Out Your Why
This may seem like another obvious step but if you don’t have this, all of the other steps won’t even matter. You have to believe in what you’re doing, you have to know why you’re doing it and what you’re hoping to get out of it. It may sound fun to quit your job and spend a year traveling the country but I knew it wasn’t going to be all sunshine and butterflies, I knew there would be some really hard days when I would want to give up. Remembering my why would always pull me back and allow me to once again focus on the goal at hand.
3. Find Motivation
I’ll admit it, I’m totally the girl with multiple motivational Pinterest boards. Those work for me and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ll seek out more quotes when my current favorites start getting stale. I also know this doesn’t work for everyone so find what motivates you and keep it at easy access. I would write a quote on the white board by the foot of my bed so every morning when I woke up, I had that reminder. Find yours and keep it handy.
4. Take A Deep Breath
About 6 years ago when I was living in Los Angeles, I started getting really into yoga. The instructors would always remind us to “just breathe” when they knew a pose was starting to get hard. I took the “just breathe” mentality and carried it from yoga into my life. When things get hard, challenging, uncomfortable or I’m about to do something I’ve never done, I remind myself to just breathe and then I…
At some point you have to actually make that leap, take that step or cross that bridge. If you have everything else taken care of and setup then all that’s left is to actually jump!
I know it won’t always be easy and I won’t be the one to try and convince you otherwise but use these steps to help guide you to do that something that’s a little bit scary. I believe in you so know that you always have that first step out of the way.
Tell me about a time when you did something scary…
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