Conquering Fears

Last week, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a "friendcation" with my best friends from college.  We took a girl's trip out west and ventured through different parts of Arizona and Utah.  I had never been out west and I was super pumped to experience it for the first time with my bffs.  We hiked, swam, and enjoyed a night out in the town we were staying.  On this trip, I conquered my fear of heights and it got me thinking about how good it feels when you overcome something you once were afraid of.

During one of our hikes, I needed to stop and calm myself down.  We were hiking to the top of Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona and there was one part that was steep (in my opinion) and I was getting a bit nervous.  Thankfully, my friends were both patient and encouraging and I was able to finish the hike and get to the bridge.  I was convinced that I was not going to make it but knowing how close I was and a few minutes of stillness allowed me to get back my motivation and determination to conquer this hike.  

The view from the top was absolutely amazing and it felt sooo good to be able to stand there after fighting off my fears.  

In what area of life are you currently facing some type of fear?  Are you afraid of something physical such as heights, flying, or running more than a mile?  Is fear of failure or disappointment holding you back from something--a relationship, a career change, a conversation?  What is it that you have to face?

We all have fears--both physical and mental--but we have to overcome them and we have to move out of our comfort zone from time to time.  This is the only way to grow in life.  I encourage you this week to acknowledge your fears and then take action that will help you move forward.  It's okay to be afraid but don't let that hold you back from living the life you dream about.

Go climb that mountain.  Go start that business.  Go on that date.  Try that new workout place.  Apply for that job.  

Say yes to things that scare the crap out of you.  Those are the things that will change your life.

With love and peace,

Jess