It’s a simple sentence yes, but its consequences reach far and wide. Having courage to do things that scare you is the essence of growth and progress, in both your personal and professional life.
I noticed this phenomenon recently in my own life when I chose to start meditating every day. Before I started, I viewed mediation as a foreign activity, something only eastern religions practiced. But actually, I was scared about doing it for some weird reason, namely because it was new and different to me.
Yet I decided to lean into my fear, push it aside and dive right in. Five months later and I am still going strong, maybe missing one day per week on the weekends when something comes up in the morning and I am not able to sit quietly. I can’t even describe the benefits I have enjoyed and the new growth opportunities I have opened up simply because I am sitting quietly each day and contemplating this crazy world we live in.
I also learned doing terrifying things are good for the soul when I reach out to people and sit down with them for a Founders RAW conversation. More and more of my guests are noteworthy people who have founded well known companies or are successful in their previous ventures.
I think to myself “they get hit up all the time so why would they answer my email? And why would they want to talk with me anyway?!”
But you know what?
I send it anyway.
And they answer it!
Meeting set, great conversation had, sweet new Founders RAW video for you all to watch, and new contact/friend made.
All because I chose to be uncomfortable and reach out to someone who might turn me down or not respond to my request. It’s crazy how your mind twists reality to scare you from doing things each day that would totally change your life. You have to acknowledge the warning but then push past it.
Ask for the sale.
Ask the guy or girl out.
Ask the investor for more money.
Jump off the cliff into the water.
Write the blog post you’ve been thinking about.
Smile at the stranger.
Talk to the stranger.
Post the picture.
Build the prototype.
Recruit the team.
Start the company.
Ask for the raise.
Join the new company offering you a promotion.
Move to the new city if you feel the pull.
Guys and girls – the principle works. Do something new and scary each day of your life and you’ll be shocked at what happens next.