A single syllable word whose very pronunciation sends chills running through the human body. All of a sudden, the reel of our mind starts playing, displaying the very thing or things that we’re afraid of. The things that hold us back; stopping us dead in our tracks. What’s your biggest fear?
Never amounting to anything?
Or even worse, becoming just like . . . ?
It’s hard to believe a four-letter noun could describe a place of significant bondage; possessing so much strength that it actually paralyzes its unsuspecting victims. While we tend to brush off the fear of others as childish, foolish, or simply ridiculous, I’m learning that fear, although it cannot be seen, is a very real thing. Fear has the power to immobilize us, keeping us from all that we were created to be, but I believe its time for a change.
Would you agree?
I believe that 2014 is the year to go beyond your fear; to take that unknown step that you’ve been putting off. To go that extra inch, take a risk and start a new business or venture, or simply let something go you’ve held onto far too long.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of embarking on a new journey. A journey that would inspire, transform, and most of all challenge me to live beyond my predetermined life borders. So much so, that this new journey started 40 feet up in the air.
As a challenge to go beyond ourselves in leadership this year, a team that I am blessed to be apart of, had to scale a 40 foot log pole and then balance ourselves across another 40 foot pole that was suspended in the air before propelling back below to the ground.
To say I was feeling my share of fear would be an understatement. Every muscle and nerve in my body objected to the very idea of having to shimmy up a pole and then hang out suspended up in the air. I mean, there were a lot safer things I could be doing with my time; I’m a mother and a wife for crying out loud! But as I waited on the ground in my safety harness, something inside, amongst all the fear whispered, “If you take this one step, you’ll be able to take many.” And with that I went. Sure I was scared, terrified even, but the thought of not being able to do something greater, propelled me forward. I realized that if I could do this, there were a lot of other things that I would step out into in 2014.
More than that, there was a team cheering me on, believing in me and wanting the best for me and vice versa. It was amazing to see each teammate push themselves beyond their limits, trusting that the team had their back and would keep them safe. Although not everyone made it up the pole and across the balance beam, each person did take at least one step beyond their fear.
And really, that’s all that matters. That’s all it takes.
I don’t know what you fear this year. What you feel like you’ve been called to start, leave, or support, but my hope is that you wouldn’t allow fear to rob you of the feeling and joy that comes when you take that first step beyond it. It just may be the one step that propels you into your destiny.