Sometimes the really big fears aren’t the most difficult ones to handle. Often, it’s the small ones that we have to look in the eye every day that can really be a challenge. They’re the ones that keep us from asking that question, from making that phone call, from suggesting that new idea.
I’ve been spending my time for the past few weeks dealing with those fears and related action steps. They’re not glamorous things to discuss, but they’re the ones that are creating the foundation for the work I do – and, more importantly, for the work I want to be doing.
I’m working on some re-branding which I will be sharing soon. I’ve got an event coming up next week that involves a lot of preparation, so that’s been taking quite a bit of my creative energy. I made a few small tweaks to my resume, and I’m putting in the time to get my name out there to find more local teaching work. I’ve sent quite a few outreach and follow-up emails to keep working on connections after we talk face-to-face. I’ve been making some space in my own life – even if that means losing a little money in the interim – in order to devote more time to my yoga practice, teaching, photography, and writing.
Like I said, it’s not exactly the headlining items; however, it’s the work that I need to do in order to make the big things happen. And let’s be honest: some of the emails that I’ve sent made my stomach drop just as much as stepping into the wave pool did!
Often, it’s easy to compare ourselves to bloggers that we read and think, “Oh wow, that person’s life is so amazing, and I’m totally failing.” There’s that often-shared quote about how we need to stop comparing our behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel – and it’s true. Things aren’t always excitement and adventure for anyone.
This post is me sharing a bit of my behind-the-scenes with you. Things aren’t always moving around the world or taking other giant leaps. Sometimes, I am taking small steps, spending a lot of time in front of my laptop or on the yoga mat. And laying that groundwork is just as – if not more – significant to my life and where I want to be.
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What behind-the-scenes fear have you been facing recently?
**On August 5, 2012 – my 31st birthday – I committed to taking action every day for the next year of my life. Taking action and facing fear often go hand-in-hand, so I’ve got some two-for-one business happening over here. In this new Monday blog series, I’ll be exploring some of the things that I’m doing to honor this commitment – especially the big fear-conquering ones.