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4 Ways to Conquer Fear

Fear can be an amazingly powerful thing! It can be powerful enough to cripple your entire life, and for many, it has. It can bring grown adults to tears – and often does! But how do you stop the fear from getting the best of you? The only way I know is to tackle it HEAD ON. But don’t worry, when you’re on a journey to improve or enhance the beautiful you that you ALREADY are, there are several ways to throw fear right in our face, and then stomp through it like a champ. Why would you want to do that, you ask?

Well… there are several reasons, but the most significant one is that once you successfully pass through the hands of fear and come out on the other side, you feel CONFIDENT and ready to take on ANYTHING (like improving your life, for example – follow me?). Here are four ways you can tackle fear head-on, that seem incredibly silly (that’s the point, after all), but if you do them, you will prove what a rock you are and that NOTHING gets in your way when you have a mindset to be BETTER, to DO better. Period. So, check out each of these four options – you only need to do one, but if you want to put your fear conquering mode on overdrive, do them all!

  1. Take yourself out to eat. Sounds simple enough, but this option comes with rules. Because, on THIS date with yourself, you cannot use ANY “clutch” devices to hide behind – such as your smart phone, a book, or anything else. Just YOU, your wallet, and a restaurant.
  1. Take a backward elevator ride. You know how pretty much anyone who gets on an elevator, first walks in, then stops, and immediately turns around to face the door? Well, YOU are going to STAY facing the back during the ENTIRE elevator ride. The more crowded the elevator, the better, because it means really putting yourself out there! You’ll feel the discomfort not only in yourself, but also from those around you!
  1. Sing a song, WITH Lyrics (we’re not just talking about a quiet, low-key hum, here) in a public area while waiting in line. You don’t have to belt it out, either, but it does have to be loud enough for others to hear you if they are standing nearby. You’ll get funny looks, sure, but don’t stop – conquer your fear and just KEEP GOING.
  1. Take a picture with a complete stranger. AppSumo came up with this one, but I thought it was perfectly clever. You need to print out THIS SIGN, then walk up to a complete stranger and ask them to hold the sign and take a picture with you. You’ll probably be turned down a few times before someone comes around to agreeing to do this, but once they do, you will have proven to YOURSELF that you are a BEAST! The real deal! Don’t let yourself down – these are SUPPOSED to be challenging, otherwise the impact wouldn’t be great enough for you to overcome your fears!

Pick any one of the four things, then comment below which of the four you choose, and a quick summary of how it went!

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Positive Quote to Help You TODAY. And Tomorrow, too.

Ever wake up and think, “THIS is IT”, where you actually face something you’ve been dreading, head-on? Doesn’t it feel AMAZING? It doesn’t even matter what it is, because you decided to take the reigns and OWN it. Whether it is to get back into working out, to clean out that storage room you’ve been avoiding for years (ahhh HEMMMM), or maybe to start thinking about how you’re going to escape that dreadful job of yours. You know the one, right? Sometimes you refer to it as “jail”, but you stay because, well, you have to pay the bills SOMEHOW. I know, I know – we’ve all been there at some point. When you are ready (and don’t wait too long!), you can grab this quote by the horns and use it as your new logo, because, when you WANT change, you go out there and GET it.

That’s right. Nothing ever just “happens” – you have to MAKE it happen. Its like baking a pie in the oven. You don’t want to keep it in thinking “it isn’t ready yet, it isn’t ready yet”. If you wait TOO long, it’ll come out dry and burned – then nobody wins. If you take it out a bit too early, you still have some pretty yummy apples to eat! Then again, if you plan it just right – you have the ingredients, you have the oven preheated, and you have your timer, you can’t go wrong! You have a PLAN that you will execute, and the result will be an amazing pie – just what you planned for!

Sure, sometimes it doesn’t come out EXACTLY as you hoped, even with a solid plan, but that’s when you realize what a beautiful learning opportunity you have before you! As long as you see it as something to be learned (and don’t forget it!), then you can apply your tweaks to the NEXT pie you bake, and I’ll bet it will be even MORE amazing! Of course it will, as long as you planned it, put your all into it, and realize that there are no failures – only learning opportunities!

If you enjoy learning opportunities, check out our 10-day challenge! This challenge is completely free and intended to simply help people, because that’s what I love to do! You can find the 10-days-to-better-ways challenge by clicking HERE. It starts October 1st, just hit “follow” on the Pinterest board and you’ll see each days’ pin (for a total of 3 pins per day that cover: Happy, Healthy, and Organized). Grab a friend and do the challenge together. You have nothing to lose, but maybe some happiness and healthy recipes to gain. See you there!

Move It. Yep, I Just Said That!

As a former Army Master Fitness Trainer, and certified Fitness Instructor, I can say with some level of authority that movement matters. While I may be credentialed in the fitness world, I am also a busy mom, who gained a solid 40 pounds of excess weight while letting my day job and associated commute (and all associated stressors) get to me. I can say, with certainty, that having a high income is crap. Yep, I just said that, too. It’s crap, because it doesn’t define happiness. Sure, nobody wants to be broke – that is a whole different kind of stress. I’ve been there, too. I grew up with excitement for shopping – and by “shopping”, I mean yard sale hopping for my wardrobe, because we couldn’t afford “brand new” shopping. Being raised without any money instilled my work ethic and passion for learning, I’m pretty sure. And because we also rarely had solid meals, it instilled a love of EATING, which is why I also enjoyed fitness so much (I could eat bad, and then just work out and it wouldn’t even be noticeable!). That lasted well into my 20’s, right up until I started having kids. Working out for hours at a time was no longer an option, and as I climbed the infamous corporate ladder, my “freedom” of time decreased more and more. I juggled between my family member’s schedules and my employer’s needs, leaving my own needs to fall flat on the floor (thus the era of “HELLO extra 40 pounds”!?!!). This isn’t uncommon – you KNOW what I’m talking about, don’t you? If you honestly DO NOT know what I’m talking about – that makes me happy for you! But if you do, then please virtually keep listening (well, ok, reading… then)…

YOU NEED TO MOVE IT.

Stress is in all of us – some more than others, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-home mom or a corporate executive. One of the healthiest ways to reduce it is through movement. And while nobody knows more than me how time gets away from us, and “there never seems to be enough hours in the day” to get it all done in ADDITION to a workout – it IS possible. And, nobody is saying to start big, but if you have excess weight to lose, and/or a whole lot of stress in your life (or both, like I did!), instead of eating that comfort bowl of ice cream or chips – spend 10 minutes (yes, JUST 10 minutes!!) moving. It can be a simple walk around the block, or on your treadmill, or just going up and down the stairs in your home. It can be ANYTHING that raises your heart rate a bit. Maybe you want to watch TV a little? Great, if you’re going to do that anyway why not watch it for just 10 minutes while standing up? Stand up and do some squats, or wall push-ups (where you literally lean into a wall, or the couch or something, and do push-ups). Or seriously, stand up and alternate kicking your legs. Anything works fine – just be sure to MOVE.

Moving is such a healthy thing – not just for your body (that’s too obvious), but it’s also HUGE for your emotional state. HUGE. Let me say that again. H-U-G-E. For me, “gifting” myself with those 10 minutes each and every day allowed me to think better, feel better (physically and emotionally) and made me overall happier. 10 minutes a day!!! Do you want to be happier? No more excuses, then – only 10 minutes a day to a better life, better way!

Now, I’m far from perfect (yay me – I’d be SO BORING if I was, don’t you agree?!), but gifting myself with this ONE little thing (10 minutes of movement a day), I have lost one clothing size (so far), and 12 pounds. No, I didn’t move any mountains or shake the earth, but just that little bit has me feeling SO much better. I sometimes gift myself with these 10 minutes while doing dishes or laundry (and yes, I look absolutely ridiculous, but I don’t care, because it’s my gift to myself). Other times I get the ENTIRE 10 minutes to myself – which is pretty darn amazing (busy moms, you know exactly what I’m talking about!!).

Did this article resonate with you? If it did, please comment below! I’d love to hear about your struggles and your victories toward your journey of enhanced happiness! It’s a choice, and if you aren’t sure how to choose, read THIS blog post that can help you get started!

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