“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I discussed this quote with several friends yesterday.
How does one do something EVERY DAY that is scary?
At first, this tasks seems daunting. Scary things seemed to be reserved for BIG things. Like skydiving. Or quitting your job. Doing a handstand for the first time.
When you only look at the huge fears or the irrational fears, yes, doing something scary every day is a daunting task.
But, hate to break it to you, Elanor Roosevelt wasn’t suggesting you go visit the spiders at the zoo because you are irrationally afraid of spiders.
She was telling you to get out of your comfort zone.
She was telling you to feel uncomfortable.
She was telling you to do something that you fear.
Are you uncomfortable being vulnerable? Why don’t you try telling someone a little more about yourself. Or trusting a friend to follow-through with a promise. Letting yourself cry in a yoga class.
Maybe you are uncomfortable getting angry. Can you let yourself actually feel the anger the next time it comes up? You don’t have to actually DO anything about it, but you need to feel it fully.
Maybe you are scared of going places alone. Talking on the telephone to old friends. Tackling your finances.
What things are hard for you?
How can you do more of those HARD things, SCARY things, VULNERABLE actions, and feel those UNCOMFORTABLE emotions?
That’s the stuff Eleanor Roosevelt is talking about.
We can all do something every day that makes us uncomfortable. That pushes the edge of our comfort zone. It doesn’t need to be a LEAP. We just need to take a step.
Martin Luther King Jr. said that “faith is taking the first step, even if you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Take that first step today.
And another step tomorrow.
And the next day.
And so on.
Live outside your comfort zone.
I guarantee you won’t regret it!
What steps will you take to do one thing a day that scares you? Let me know in the comments below!!