‘Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You’~ Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
I have always loved this quote and I try to follow it every day. I’m not saying that I actually achieve it every day but I do try and I mostly succeed.
The feeling that I associate with being afraid is the feeling that you get just before you do something that requires a bit of courage. Sometimes it’s described as ‘having butterflies’, sometimes it’s just plain old excitement and, in more extreme cases, it’s a rush of adrenalin but whatever it is it’s a great feeling. What is even better is the feeling of having really achieved something after you’ve done whatever it is that scares you.
What really scares you?
It doesn’t have to be huge. Depending on the type of person you are it could be something very small although it may not feel that way to you. It could be:
- Asking your boss for a pay rise
- Doing a bungee jump
- Complaining to a business about their products or services
- Asking someone out on a date
- Ending a relationship
- Contacting someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time
- Promoting yourself to others
- Making that first Tweet or Facebook post
- Deciding to run a marathon
- Getting on a horse for the first time
- Holding a spider (preferably non-poisonous)
- Climbing a tree
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So I say, ‘Go For It!’ Take Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice and do one thing that scares you every day. Trust me, you will feel better for it.