It is no accident that when I signed up for “Sacred Seduction” class a few months ago, I was just finishing up reading “My Year with Eleanor.” The premise of the book is the author would follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s advise to “Do one thing that scares you everyday.”
Noelle Hancock, the author spent one year taking risks and facing her fears each day. Some of them include swimming with sharks, skydiving, trapeze and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.There were a few things that I found inspiring about Noelle’s journey and how I can see it applicable to my own journey.
1. I am not alone! I thought I was the odd woman out searching for meaning in my life by walking through my own fears. Nope there are other kick ass woman doing the same. So freaking inspiring.
2. Courage takes practice. So much of my own journey has been about adopting a daily practice of self-care, doing things that scares me the most, keeping things simple and building trust in the universe. Getting on stage and having fun at it was not an overnight act. I have worked months building my confidence, facing the insidious little fears that would block me from doing something this big.
3. Big fears vs. Small fears. Some of our fears don’t have to be getting on stage or swimming with sharks. The ones that paralyzed us can be as small as going to a store and buying red lipstick or speaking up in a situation that feels uncomfortable. When it comes to this show, I saw that by working on the small fears such as what makeup I would need to wear, how am I going to get my costume ready, even how am I going to learn how to walk in heels. Each one of them would paralyzed me from taking on the next action but as I tackle one at a time I felt ready and prepared to take on the bigger one of getting on stage.
4. Supportive friends! I cannot say enough how important has been to have a supportive crew of cheerleaders, friends, companions in my own journey. They are what motivate me to move forward when I feel doubt. They are my companions in some of my classes, they are my accountability partners.
5. Being fearless doesn’t mean the absence of fear. Nope we have fears because we are conditioned to do whether environmentally, historically and even genetically. This is part of our survival mechanism and that’s OK. Our job is to look to embrace our fear as an opportunity for growth.
6. Eleanor Roosevelt- OMG! This is one kick ass lady.
I want to hear about you! Have you read this book? Whats your take on being fearless?