I’ll Take Those Keys Back
Fear is normal. It is our constant companion, wired into us during a time in our evolution where it literally kept us alive. Yet, fear didn’t get the latest update from our nervous system that we have locks on our doors and an app to lock it.
While fear can still keep you safe, it should never ever be given the keys to drive your car down the road of life. Unless you meet a real life predator or your intuition is speaking to you, then toss back your keys as fast as you can.
But seriously, you already know that fear will not take you on a road trip that goes anywhere you want to go. So let’s kick fear into the back seat of your ride, turn the music up, roll the windows down and starting singing your favourite playlist, out loud.
Fears aren’t facts.
Our lens shapes our reality and it’s powerful to remember that our individual life story informs every thought, decision and action we make. As this is true for each of us, you can start holding space for the fears you face and try something radical.
Check in with your body
When fear triggers a rise in you, pause. Take a few breaths and even place your hands on your chest and abdomen and scan yourself for where you are experiencing the fear. Common areas include, tightness in your throat, chest, or temples, butterflies in the stomach or dry mouth. Breath into that area and ask it to tell you what is causing this reaction?
React, respond, initiate
A great quote that I use in my planners for my private and group coaching by Seth Godin,
Joyful body movement
The stress of paying a minimum payment on an overdue credit card doesn’t dissipate by sending an electronic payment. Being sedentary is your enemy.
Your greatest weapon to fend off fear is joyful body movement. Each one of my high performance business coaching clients experience break throughs when they incorporate this into their routine. They really know it’s working when they slide back into older fear-based patterns when “life” happens.