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Monday, August 8, 2011

Stretch Outside Your Comfort Zone

"Do one thing everyday that scares you."

~Eleanor Roosevelt

I love this quote because it reminds me to continue to stretch myself every day, to confront the things that scare me.  When we face the things that make us uncomfortable we gain confidence.  We may not always be successful, but we have faced down the fear.  Face your fear and do it anyway.  Most times the things we are afraid of are in our heads.  We allow ourselves to be blocked by those limiting beliefs--those mindset limitations--that tell us that scary or terrible things will happen.  We already allow ourselves to be affected by those fears, even when the things we are afraid of have not happened.  

This week:  Uncover something that you've been afraid to do EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Yep.  Do one thing every day that scares you.  It doesn't have to be huge or earth-shattering.  We all have lots of little fears along with those big ones.  So start small.  Pick something you've been scared to do and do it right now.  When you have done it, breathe a sigh of relief.  You did it!  Now write down what you will do every day for the rest of the week.  Face those fears, big or small.  At the end of the week notice how you feel.  Once you've done something you were afraid of, do you continue to be scared of it?  If so, that's O.K., but keep practicing! 

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert at helping people confront their limiting beliefs and the things they believe block them.  She helps them stretch themselves to achieve goals they had not thought  possible using her solution focused approach.  For more information or to see how a Personal Breakthrough Intensive Session could help you blast through fear completely, go to http://www.InnerResourceCenter.com  


Anonymous said...

I love this "do one thing that scares you." I think people resist it because of fear of failure - but having to try something more than once is how we learn. I often tell clients "if you aren't scared you aren't pushing yourself enough." Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

I so appreciate how you ended this Linda ... that it is about 'practice.'

Your post also reminded me of a quote by William James that I think is a great definition of confidence:
"Realize it is not how you feel that determines how you act. Rather, it is how you act that determines how you feel."

Mary Ellen said...

Wow! I love that comment Linda. I had never thought about doing one thing every day that scares me. Thanks for providing a fresh, new perspective on personal growth.

Tiffany deSilva said...

Thank you for putting this so eloquently. I live by this motto. It takes a lot of courage to grow. But we all have it within us. If we didn't,we never would have learned to walk.

Kristina said...

Love this post, Linda. I started adding one stretch goal to my weekly to-do list, but doing something scary everyday is, well, scary. Thanks for the reminder to stretch and that even small steps can move you forward.