Look Fear in the Face and say, “Let’s Do This!”

When was the last time you looked fear in the face and said, "Let's Do This!"?

It seems I've been looking fear in the face quite often lately!

I was reflecting on 2017 (and life before that) a few days ago. It hit me how much my life has changed over the years - heck, even just in the last 12 months! And not just how my life has changed, but how I have personally grown and changed as well.

Every time I’ve taken a leap of faith, or made a hard decision, or looked fear in the face and said, “Let’s Do This!”, my life has changed in beautiful ways for the better. Admittedly, it hasn’t always been an easy road. There have been some pretty sucky seasons! 

I'm sure you can relate!

I wouldn't change a single choice, though.

I don’t believe we are meant to live a life that is stagnant. Life is truly lived and experienced when we allow it to flow like a river. That requires a little bit (or a lot) of faith and trusting God with the details. But the growth we open ourselves up to is priceless.

Because I've spent my entire adult life looking fear in the face and saying, "Let's Do This!," life has truly been an adventure.

I have learned so much and my personal character has developed in ways I never thought possible. Each seemingly small or huge decision I’ve made has added up to who I am today, what my life looks like right this moment, and in many ways, what my future will be.

Look Fear in the Face and Say, "Let's Do This!"

What decisions have you made so far that changed the course of your life in awesome ways?

Here's a quick view of my personal list (some of which you can probably relate with):

The decision to...

  • go on that first date
  • get married
  • have children
  • leave full-time corporate life and become a stay at home mom
  • move across country and start over
  • join a church and get involved
  • start a blog, write and self-publish a book, and then another one
  • share my testimony at a women’s retreat
  • run a half marathon
  • be a speaker for the wisdom for wives conference.
  • open my home and host bible study to a small women's group
  • intentionally surround myself with positive, supportive, non-judgmental, loving and encouraging people.

Every one of those decisions was hard, scary, and life-changing in some form or fashion. Every one of them grew my character, my skills, expanded my heart for others, and enriched my life for the better.

Last December, I looked fear in the face and said, "Let's Do This!" when I started a new kickboxing class - one that would require some coordination, boxing gloves to protect my knuckles, and a "don't quit" attitude when the instructor, a Marine Corp Vet and 4th degree black belt, coached all of us in the class to jab harder, jump higher, and shuffle faster.

Tomorrow I'll begin teaching my own kickboxing classes at that same martial arts school!

In early 2017, I looked fear in the face and said, "Let's Do This!" when I enrolled in the health coach training program with Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I did it again when I enrolled in their hormone health program and again when I enrolled in their advanced business program.

I am now running my own business as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in Hormone Health!

Last July, I looked fear in the face and said, "Let's Do This!" when I started taking Krav Maga classes. Krav Maga is a military self-defense fighting style that combines techniques from boxing, wrestling, Aikido, Judo, Karate, and realistic fight training.

I recently earned my gray belt in Krav Maga and with continued training I grow more confident every day in my ability to  protect myself and my family should I ever have to.

Stop Being Afraid!

My point in sharing all of this with you isn't to brag about my life or my accomplishments (trust me, I'm my own kind of mess!). My desire is to encourage you to kick fear to the curb in your own life, because there's always going to be a risk involved in any decision you make. The timing will never be perfect. You will never feel fully ready to take on whatever it is you're contemplating.

What you should ask yourself is, "am I avoiding this because I'm afraid, or am I avoiding it because it's wrong?" If you're avoiding it because deep down in your gut you know it's wrong, than by all means listen to your gut!

But if you're just afraid you'll be judged, or you won't be able to finish what you started, or even if it seems too hard and overwhelming, just stop right there.

Stop being afraid! You are allowing fear to hold you back from an opportunity to grow. With personal growth comes so many possibilities and opportunities!

Let me ask you this. What if you don't fail? What if you actually succeed? What if that hard decision becomes life-changing and brings you more joy than you've ever experienced in your life this far?

Live your life fully, now. This year. You only have one life, and no promise for how long it will be. Make it meaningful. Make a difference. Be bold. Have fun. Be authentically YOU. Laugh at yourself when you stumble...and you will, but it’s okay! Take that new job. Go back to school. Start that business. Share your passion with others. Encourage someone you think doesn’t like you.

Step out of your comfort zone. Let your life flow like a river. Look fear in the face, give it a big grin, and say, "Let's Do This!"

Wishing you the best year ever! You deserve it!

 

 

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Rosann Cunningham

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Author at Rosann Cunningham
Rosann is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in hormone health. She is also a fitness junkie, with a specific passion for mixed martial arts style kickboxing and is trained in Krav Maga - a military self-defense fighting system. After a Hashimotos diagnosis which turned out to be a very wrong call, Rosann became her own health advocate and fought her way back to optimal health and wellness. She is determined to help her clients dig deep to find the root cause of their hormone health struggles, so they too, can thrive and live the abundant life of health and happiness they deserve. Rosann believes nobody should be a victim in life or in their health, so in her coaching practice she loves to integrate a martial arts style and sense of accountability.

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