While reading LadyLee's post this morning I was reminded that many of my underlying fears are all based on things that occurred in the past. I was also reminded that the past has to stay in the past. If you are driving on the interstate and your eyes are focused on the rear view mirror instead of what is ahead, what is going to happen? You are going to crash, baby.
Let's keep the past in the past and keep our eyes focused on the future that is before us.
The following quote is from the Fearless Living book that I'm reading by Rhonda Britten: Fear is both the cause and effect of the feelings, thoughts, or actions that prohibit you from accepting yourself and realizing your full potential.
I don't know about you but that has been true in my case. I'm not going to spend one more minute dwelling on how much time I have wasted. Or lamenting over how much I could have accomplished if I wasn't so afraid. Woulda ... Coulda ... Shoulda ... It's a new day my friends and we are moving forward full steam ahead.
I got up this morning and went to the gym. I've known for a long time that evening workouts suck for me. First of all, the gym is way too crowded in the evenings. Secondly, after work I'm really too tired and unmotivated. I'm fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to come to work when I please. So today I decided to go to the gym at 7:00 and get to work by 9:00 instead of coming to the office at 7:30 and I feel wonderful. Besides, with all this Italian food that I'm cooking if I don't go to the gym my waistline will double in six months! Let's hope I can keep this up. Are you wondering what my gym habits have to do with living fearlessly? Well, for me living fearlessly is all about making sound decisions for yourself. Being brave enough to make those decisions and following through. Being brave enough to recognize when change is needed and making those changes. It's not about jumping out of an airplane or bungee jumping or running nekkid on the beach. It's the small changes that you make in your life that actually make your life better.
I dare you to identify one small thing that you've been wanting to change and go ahead and change it. It's freeing.
You know what? This time last year I was in the middle of a depression so deep that I was convinced that I wouldn't recover. I didn't know what the hell was wrong with me but if something didn't change ... I don't know what would have happened. I began to work out, I saw a therapist for a while, I cried out to God repeatedly, I prayed and I studied. I worked hard last year to get better and just BE better. I'm still a work in progress, my friends but I know beyond a shadow of doubt that everything is going to be all right. I'm not afraid of what's next. I'm looking forward to it.