One of the most important steps to achieve your goals and dreams this year is to kick fear out of the driver’s seat of life! Here’s a short story of how I did precisely that.
As we launch into a new year, many of us are looking for inspiration and opportunities to take the necessary steps to achieve our goals. Many of us also set New Years resolutions in hopes of fulfilling our dreams.
Would you love to turn around a year from now and say that 2018 was actually the very best year of your life?
Here’s a story to take with you if you ever are in a situation and wonder, “Do I have what it takes to take the steps to achieve my goals?”
A few years ago, I was on vacation in Mexico with my children and their families, and we rented four-wheel ATV’s to take on a short trek across some nearby sand dunes, eventually ending up at a beach.
Being that I was afraid of crashing my ATV, I really wasn’t interested in going on this trek! But I decided to go anyway to spend time with my kids.
As we came close to the beach, I decided to stop at the top of the last sand dune. My children continued down onto the beach, and I thought, “I’ll just watch the sunset from up here.” The truth is, it was a bit of a steep decline to go down to the beach, and I was afraid of crashing.
How many times in your life have you really wanted to do something? But you didn’t pursue it because of your fears?
My youngest son Mat turned around and drove up to me at the top of the sand dune and asked, “What’s going on?” I told him I was perfectly fine right where I was. I was just going to stay up on the sand dune and watch the sunset.
Mat looked at me, immediately knowing that I was giving energy to my fears, and he said “Mom, don’t let fear win!”
I looked at him and wanted to say “Who raised you?” because many times in our household growing up I had said the same things to him! But, realizing he was right, I made my way down the sand dune and onto the beach.
When it was time to head back, my kids and their spouses sped up the sand dune on their ATVs. But when I tried to go up the sand dune, I kept slipping back down. I couldn’t seem to get up!
On my 12th attempt to get up the sand dune, my wonderful son-in-law, Jorge, came over to me and whispered in my ear…
“Momma, you have power you are not using. Take your foot off the brake!”
In that moment, I realized that as I tried to drive up the sand dune, out of fear, I kept unconsciously putting my foot on the brake… which kept causing me to slide all the way back down the hill to my starting point.
With those words, my son-in-law helped me maneuver that moment when I was afraid and lean in instead of pull back. And before I knew it, I made my way to the top of the sand dune, with my kids cheering me on!
“I have power I’m not using, take your foot off the brake!”
Over time this became my inner mantra.
The truth is, there’s a power within each one of us that’s far greater than any circumstance, situation or condition we will ever find ourselves in.
The relationship we have with this power grows over time if we decide to cultivate it.
The power within us can be unleashed, harnessed and brought into the experience of the dream we are holding for ourselves in our own hearts.
I’ve learned over the years that when I feel afraid, rather than contract and pull back, I can choose to lean in at least a little bit… and take steps to partner with that power that knows how to go forward, even when I don’t.
So, I want to wish you your best New Year in celebration, rejuvenation, renewal, and resolution-setting!
And most of all, I wish for you that in 2018 you come to know deeper and more fully and profoundly than ever before that you do have a power within you that’s stronger than any circumstance, and that you too can take your foot off the brake!
The Universe is trying to tell you something… are you listening?
Do you want to make quicker, better decisions, motivated by intuition, courage and love? If so, download my free ebook Stronger Than Circumstances: 3 Proven Ways to Overcome Fear, Limitations, and Procrastination to Overcome Your Dreams.
INCYMI – Don’t miss Part 1 from our New Years series: Evaluating Goals for 2018.