Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Unknown

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

Have you ever felt an urging inside pushing you to do something new? Something you've thought about, but never got around to doing? Do you ask yourself why you haven't done it? Yes, you've probably asked yourself this question, but maybe you pushed the answer down with the urge. Then you didn't have to reach out and attempt that something new. Huh. Wonder what's going on.

The urging won't leave you alone until you answer its call. So maybe it's a good idea to figure out what's holding you back. Is it a sense of guilt? I don't deserve it...that would be selfish. Or maybe it's fear. I don't know how to live that way...what if I make a mistake...maybe I'll fail and look stupid.

Fear of the unknown contributes to stagnation. The status quo is familiar. It may be miserable, but there's a sense of security in knowing how to navigate in it. If I chose a new way of doing things, I'd have to deal with unfamiliar challenges. I'd have to take full responsibility for myself. I'd feel confused and insecure. How scary is that!! Maybe It's safer to stay where I am.

A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for. William Shedd

There's a drive within us that's stronger than fear. The essence of life itself is growth, and somewhere inside we know that. But we allow the fear to override our desire to reach out to any kind of change. And this doesn't need to be major changes. Practicing small, positive changes can lead us closer to a sense of confidence, and then give us the motivation we need to tackle bigger ones.

If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone. John Maxwell

Try a new food recipe--an easy one. Wear a color you're not used to wearing. Change the furniture around. Take a different route to work. For confidence, acknowledge what's holding you back--guilt, fear, whatever. Then make a list of your past successes, and celebrate each one.

The unknown is only unknown because you've never been there. When you go there, then it will be as familiar as where you are now. Good ideas get lost when we ignore them. Go further than the idea in your head. Take the risk and explore the unknown. Do it anyway. It might be fun to experience the plunge. Once you get your feet wet, you're fine.

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot. Michael Althsuler

Make it happen. You should try my cottage cheese pie.

Happy exploration