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Motivational Videos – A Case For Doing Sh*t That Scares You

With a new year approaching, I want you to start thinking about sh*t that scares you.  And more importantly, start doing it more often.

Now I might be biased.  2011 has been the best and most successful year of my life.  Diving head first into things that make me uncomfortable has precipitated a great deal of the magic.  I want you to experience the magic, too.

You totally deserve it.

Now that you're part of this community, you have a critical element that a lot of people are missing out on-support.  Most people are small thinkers.  We think big here.  We get unheard of results.  We inspire change by changing ourselves first.

So, I want you to go for it this year.  Whatever "it" is for you.   And by the way, don't stop at one "it"…

there's plenty more where that came from.

I saw this quote last week and fell head over heels in love with it,

How delicious is that?

From going on dates with guys who aren't "your type" to saying yes to a spontaneous adventure (more on that later…) or finally saying "yes" so something you've been unwilling to commit to, there's magic hidden beneath discomfort.  Every time you pass on something that scares you, you're missing out-big time.

There's no growth, and very little if any gain in your comfort zone.  

So step out of it.

If you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting.

So do something different.

"But Liz, if I attempt to do some crazy sh*t, I might look stupid."

Good.  Laugh it off.  You are not going to die.  It'll make a great story for the grandkids AND people will love you more for it.

Quick and relevant story:

I spent last week in LA with my girl, Mo.  On Friday I rented a car and drove to Laguna Beach to visit a great friend and mentor of mine, James Wedmore.  I haven't driven a car since the summer (no need living in NYC, holler!), nor have I ever driven in LA, which I hear is notoriously bad driving.  I was nervous-but I really wanted to go.

When I arrived, James said he had a great idea-but wouldn't tell me what it was until we got down to the beach.  He pointed to some people standing on what looked like surf boards, paddling around in the ocean, seemingly with ease.  (This is a great time to confess that while I'm agile and coordinated on land, this is not the case once you get me in water.)  In my gut I knew this wasn't going to be pretty-but I didn't hesitate to say yes.  Remember this post a few weeks back?  I live by that little mantra,

"Because I doubt is why I must."

I proceeded to fall in the ocean 3x, which was freezing, and ingest a generous dose of salt water through my nose and mouth.  It wasn't cute, but it was HILARIOUS.  And had I said no, I would have missed out on taking in all of this beauty:

 

The moral of the story? Surrender is sexy, baby.  Give it up to your desires.  When that means doing sh*t that scares you, go for it. We'll be here for you.

 

Trust that you will come out better on the other side.

I want to hear from you in the comments on one or two things:

1.  What's your "it"?  Something you've been too scared to go for?

2.  When was the last time you did something that scares you? How did it go?  Tell us your story!

Motivational Videos – A Case For Doing Sh*t That Scares You
  • http://www.thebalancedlifeonline.com robin

    GREAT post Liz! I need to think about the question for a bit but couldn’t help commenting because of the Shauna Niequist quote. She is one of my favorite authors and I LOVE that quote. Thank you for the reminder. Will be thinking about this one… 🙂