FACE YOUR FEAR AND DO SOMETHING GREAT.
Recently, my husband and I watched the movie Greater based on the life of Arkansas lineman Brandon Burlsworth. If you haven’t seen it, make some time and have some tissues nearby.
Early in the film, Brandon’s coach tells him to keep playing until the whistle blows. The sentiment of “do not quit” comes up time and time again as Brandon develops throughout his college career.
WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS
A whistle can start a play, and it can finish a play. One day that whistle is going to blow for us. It’s going to blow whether you are ready or not. What are we going to be doing when that happens? If you don’t charge ahead when it goes, someone else will. I hope you have so much momentum that it carries through your legacy even after you are gone!
What is keeping you where you are at? We hold onto things we aren’t even aware of. Most of us hold on to limitations when we really should be focusing on our abilities or our gifts. If you are waiting for the perfect time, there isn’t going to be one.
I know because I have been there.
It took me YEARS before I left a secure job at a gym and started Little Rock Fitness. I just didn’t feel ready. People spoke into my life, they told me I could do this, but I didn’t believe I could. So I stayed back.
More letters behind my name, more experience, more confidence. These are things I told myself I needed. But what I really needed was to face my fear, and just get started.
That was more than three years ago. And I can tell you that the fear is still there at times, it just doesn’t hold me back anymore.
“Our greatest accomplishments happen after crossing a threshold of fear.”
As If got ready to run my first marathon, I was certain I was going to die. Instead, I qualified for the BOSTON MARATHON.
When I started my business, I was scared I would fail. Instead, I have made some incredible relationships, helping others find strength along the way.
DON’T BE FOOLED BY SHADOWS
A shadow can make an ant appear as though it were a lion or a crazy-looking monster. Now if we were to shine a light on the situation, we would see the insane projection is only an ant. We would wonder why we felt any fear in the first place!
“Fear casts a big shadow, but all shadows succumb to the light.”
We shine that light when we step boldly in the direction of our purpose. And this is the only way to realize our full potential.
FEAR NOT THE VOICE OF FEAR
When it comes to our health, it’s easy to listen to the little voice of fear inside of ourselves rather than listen to the bigger part of ourselves that is telling us to do what is healthy and helpful for us. There will ALWAYS be a time that seems better, or a reason to postpone…but we are ultimately in the driver’s seat. Even though we have a backseat driver nitpicking at our every move, we can choose who you listen to.
SET BIG GOALS
If our goal does not require us to push through resistance, then our goal is not BIG ENOUGH! We can’t banish the naysayer, but we can overcome it.
Yes it’s going to require lots of effort.
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
– Jim Rohn
One thing is for sure, life is short and your time is a gift and an opportunity to share that gift, now go and take a bold step! I want to see what you’re made of!
Push! Push! Push! Fight for what you want! Fear feels real, but if you face it, I promise it will shrink.
Keep going until you hear the whistle. The best is yet to come!