My friend Joe really set me straight this week. I’ve been feeling a little bit freaked out by the idea of giving up almost everything I own to travel the world. I mean, who does this? (okay, some really cool people do this, but how do I fit in that group?)
The house has been sold and we move in about 10 days. Almost everything has been sold or spoken for, and what we have left is a shell of the life we were living. In some ways that invigorates me, and in some ways it scares the hell out of me.
Joe reminded me that it is okay to be scared even when you’re doing something you really want to do. It is normal and natural to feel fear when you are pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.
He gives this same message to his 6-year-old daughter (can you imagine what a cool adult she’ll turn out to be?), and I’m so glad he shared it with me.
Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it is action despite fear. Like I always tell my daughter, if you’re not scared, you’re not really being brave.
How do you deal with fear when you are pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone? Do you let it get you down, or do you have effective strategies for dealing with it? Let us know in the comments.