boldness, courage

Fear and being stuck or courage and taking bold action are choices that drive the decisions of our lives. 

When you choose fear over courage you hold back from the beautiful opportunities that you have to use your talents and make a difference in the world.

It’s vital that you don’t hold back. 

People need what you have to offer. The universe is counting on you to deliver the goods. You have a responsibility to the human species to do your part. 

Life is like a puzzle. All the pieces fit gloriously together and create one amazing picture. When you pull back from doing your part, a piece of the puzzle is missing. 

If you don’t embrace fear and commit to action, the puzzle will never be complete. You’ll drown in self-pity, envy and boredom. You’ll die a slow death, unable to breathe. 

You become the living dead.

If you are paralyzed by fear you have to do something different. You have to get out of your comfort zone or continue to suffer. You have to take a risk or take your gifts with you to the grave.

What are you so frightened of? Not being smart enough? Failure? Rejection? Allowing yourself to be seen and heard? 

Don’t think you’re alone for one minute. Everyone is afraid.

Most of our fears are ego-based. They keep us separate from each other. They keep us feeling less than, guilty, shamed, disconnected, isolated and alone.

Be aware of how fear plays out in your life.

Fear happens in myriad ways: making excuses, procrastinating, lying, complaining, avoiding and ignoring are all ego-based fears that hold us back. 

Fear isn’t bad.  Fear is a compass that shows us the direction we need to take. You’ll be afraid before a major breakthrough or major transition in life. 

Fear is a forerunner of growth.

On the other side of fear is your treasure, your passion and your gifts. 

When I got married – fear.

When I joined Toastmasters – fear.

When we moved from Michigan to Arizona – fear.

When I started TBL – fear.

When I begin a new project – fear.

When I’m in social situations – fear.

Before I launch a new offering – fear.

There isn’t anyone who lives life without fear.  However, there are a lot of people who react to fear in a positive and healthy way. 

You can too.

Own and face fear. Get in the arena.  Heart pound. Palms sweat. Take a chance. Skin a knee. Take a few blows.

Stumble. Fall down. Fail. Fall. Fail. Rise again. Feel alive!     

Welcome failure and imperfections. Grab your potential by the tail and run with it. 

Embrace life. Create. Hold yourself accountable. Be a change-maker.   

Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. ~ John Lennon

There are infinite possibilities if you’re willing.

In order to make your dreams a reality you must take consistent action. 

Let’s not wait for the right moment or time. Let’s risk now. Let’s invent incredible things. Let’s blow people away. 

Let’s be endlessly and ridiculously generous with our talent. 

In spite of our trembling hearts and shaky voices, let’s do it now.

In spite of our uncertainty and fear, let’s do it now. 

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                                      Eleanor Roosevelt quotes

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

“You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“A great deal of fear is a result of just “not knowing.” We do not know what is involved in a new situation. We do not know whether we can deal with it. The sooner we learn what it entails, the sooner we can dissolve our fear.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is not a goal…it's a by-product of a life well lived.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do …” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Courage is exhilarating.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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“As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are no have-to's, just choices.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is nothing to fear except fear it's self.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If life were predictable it would cease to be life and be without flavor.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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live in your heart

Trust your heart. It is the essence of who you are.

Don’t be fooled by your head. Your head knows pain, fear and sickness.

Spend time in your heart, it is the center for joy, creativity and love.

Your heart knows the way to a rich and meaningful live. It is a reservoir of unbounded courage and endless compassion.

Your heart heals. Your heart leaps for joy and flutters in passion.

Your heart overflows with beauty and wisdom. Your heart knows.

Take things to your heart. Listen to your heart. 

Sit in a quiet space and calm down by taking several deep belly-breaths. Place your hand on your heart. Read one quote at a time and ask your heart the question that follows. Write the answers you receive in your journal. Act on the guidance you receive. 

1. A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. ~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton

How can I remember to get out of my head and into my heart more often?

2. My heart "hurts;" that means I’m alive. ~ Kazuya Minekura

What does my heart need to feel good?

3. Everything matters. Nothing’s important. ~ Nietzsche

What is causing my heart to feel heavy? What situation do I need to release? (Read The Secret of Letting Go)

4. I wondered why the head could move so swiftly while the heart dragged its feet. ~ Jodi Picoult

What grievance is blocking the love and joy in my heart?

5. One love, one heart, one destiny. ~ Bob Marley

What does my heart want me to know about my lack of self-love and acceptance?

6. Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart; one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. ~ Marvin J. Ashton

How can I judge less and love more?

7. The human heart is my school. ~ Anne Rice

What lesson do you want me to learn?

8. "I am going to give you my heart now," I whispered. "Please don't break it again.” ~ Jessica Verday

What is the best way to heal a broken heart? (Read Getting the Love You Want)

9. I feel the healing hands of God touch my heart and kiss my soul. ~ Harley King

What does my heart need from me?

10. Self-love is the elixir of an immortal heart. ~ Amy Leigh Mercree

How can I clear a space in my heart for myself?

11. One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head, too. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

What do you want me to know about love?

12. There's nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart. ~ Cynthia Hand

What do I need to do to tap into the joy and happiness in my heart? (Read Finding Joy)

13. May we serve with much fire, much heart, much desire, and much prayer. ~ Ronna Detrick

How shall I share my love with others? How can I help the world be a more loving place?

Take the time to sit

with your heart. You'll be rewarded with a rich and meaningful existence. It can't get any better than that!

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