Cold feet, warm beaches, fear and courage

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln

Cold feet. Of course I’ve heard of cold feet.

I know what it means. It’s backing away.

Like when you’re lying on the warm beach and go to get into the water, it’s too cold, and you step back. You want your feet back on the warm beach.

But I’ve learnt something new.

It’s not just a simile. It’s a real, physical thing.

For the first time in my life, I’ve felt it.

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Why would I want to get out of my comfort zone? 

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – Neale Donald Walsch

Comfort Zone

  1. a situation where one feels safe or at ease.
  2. a settled method of working that requires little effort and yields only barely acceptable results.

 

Earlier this year I competed in the Coast to Coast — a 243 kilometre multi-sport race from Kumara Beach on the West of the South Island to New Brighton on the East Coast.

I’d agreed to do it about 10 months earlier, over a glass of wine with a friend. The next morning I wondered why.

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Commit yourself and providence moves too

Photo by Dyaa Eldin on Unsplash

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! – Goethe

It will cost $75,000…or thereabouts. It’s hard to say for sure.

Gulp.

Apart from buying a house, I’ve never spent $75,000 on anything, never considered it, never come close.

Who does that?!

Entrepreneurs do.

… so I guess I’m now officially an entrepreneur.

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How to get free from the shackles of shame

“You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness” Dr. Brené Brown

I was eight when I started at my fourth primary school.

I wasn’t worried about fitting in or making friends. I was confident, chatty, adaptable.

Pretty soon I was friends with two sisters. They invited me to their home after school – a clear sign of firm friendship in my eight year old world.

A day or two later the bombshell came. My two new besties told me we couldn’t stay friends. Their parents had told them so.

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What would you do if you had nothing to fear?

Don’t worry about failures. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Jack Canfield.

Oh, how quickly fear can bite us!

Last week I wrote about redirecting myself towards cultivating kindness. I wrote about taking my time, letting the ideas percolate, not committing too early to just one thing. I was in control!

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Turning ‘I can’t’ into ‘I can’

 Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right. Henry Ford

I’m so proud!

I procrastinated on creating a website.

I hoped someone would come along to help (or do it for me).

I thought it would be too hard, too confusing, too technical, something I couldn’t do.

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