Today is a BIG day.
It’s a new beginning for me. I’m launching a website and starting a blog.
It’s very exciting, but also a little scary.
Okay, it’s more than a little scary, but I am doing it anyway.
You see, I made a decision to choose love, not fear.
Here is what I mean.
I love talking to people. I love writing. I love sharing ideas, and forming connections with people, and having discussions about finding passion and purpose and living authentically and joyfully. I love coaching and guiding people as they shift mindsets and see new possibilities and take action that propel them toward their full potential and the lives they are meant to live.
This new beginning has been long time in the making, and I’m ready for it! I’m ready to put myself out there, to reach and serve and connect with a whole lot of people, like you.
But then, the fear set in…the fear of judgment and criticism and failure. I really have to put myself out there…into cyberspace, where anyone and everyone can form an opinion about me?!
What if people don’t like what I have to say? Or worse, what if they don’t like me? After all, I’m not just putting my thoughts out there, but also my feelings and vulnerabilities and heart…the whole shebang.
(Seriously, have you read some of the comments below news stories on Yahoo? It makes me cringe.)
So I guess there are two choices before me: I can either dare to step up to do what I love, and put myself out there in order to allow myself the opportunity to help even just one person, or I can continue to play small so I don’t run the risk of judgment and criticism.
We all know what the right answer is, but to pick it can be surprisingly difficult. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked the other answer simply to avoid fear.
But today, I pick love. I choose to look at my fear straight in the eye and say: “Thanks for the concern, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway…”
…because new beginnings are not just about the start of a website or a blog.
New beginnings are also about courage: to decide that today is going to be different than yesterday, to choose the kind of person you want to be, to take steps toward what you want and love, despite the fear and the doubt and the uncertainty.
It isn’t always easy, but it is super simple.
Every moment you get to decide what you believe in, how you act, and what you choose. Every moment brings with it the possibility of a new beginning.
So today, instead of fear, I choose a new beginning and journey for myself.
Luckily for me, this new journey will not be without great companions. I hope that this is also the beginning of many great connections with people like you, so we can support and encourage each other as we grow and expand into our respective authentic and highest selves.
I look forward to facing fears, seeing new possibilities, and choosing love together!
Are you about to embark on a new journey? What new beginning would you like to make in your life?
Share in the comments below. I look forward to “meeting” each and every one of you!