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October 3, 2012

Do it Afraid

Fear is a sneaky thing that creeps up on us when we are least expecting it. It can cripple our souls and steal our dreams if we let it. If I told you all my silly fears, you'd laugh because the list goes on forever. But I've learned that amazing things happen when I step outside of my comfort zone. Instead of disregarding fear, I've had to learn to do things while still afraid. A few months ago, someone introduced me to a new song called "Do it Afraid" by Elizabeth South. The heart of the song is not about waiting until fear goes away before we try new things.

I don't want to one who loses,

Even now it's never too late

I don't want to be the one who waits until I don't feel afraid

I don't want to be the one who choose every time to walk away.

The song reminds me that its okay to have fears, but that I can't let them be what holds me back. I find, especially in business, that fear can be crippling and prevent us from achieving all that we were meant to do on this earth. So I have a challenge for myself and for you; if you could dream up something you want to do in the next month, year, 5 years, what would it be? If fear is what's stopping you, then remind yourself at every small step forward that you can do it afraid!

The amazing blogger, Tara Mohr, explained how she treats fear and it resonated with my soul, so I wanted to pass it onto you:

 "I learned that fear ain’t going nowhere. I came to imagine fear as a traveling companion – the guy driving in the lane next to me – in my field of vision but not actually in my way, unless I let myself get distracted."

So here is to doing things afraid, taking risks, and leaps of faith and growing our wings on the way down!

Share with us: What are YOU going to do afraid?


  1. I think I'll have to look up that song. Every day of my own 31 days series is something I do in fear because in a small way I am also learning how to tell the story I want to one day tell on a large scale - like a book. But it's scary because of the judgement I have already received from the past and the judgement I may receive in the future. But that's no reason to walk away.

    Great and inspiring post!

  2. I can definitely relate to yesterday and today's posts. I had to ask myself the same question: What could I have accomplished if I started today. I did start my blog about a month ago worried that no one would read it and everyone I told would laugh at me, but I'm getting the hang of it one day at a time.

    - Crystal

  3. Found you through Katie's blog! So happy I did. New reader! And this post is just what I needed! I need to stop being a scaredy cat and take a few leaps!! ;)

  4. Great post! Right now I'm scared because I have just decided that I will run a half marathon and I need to start training NOW. I'm really nervous that I won't be able to stick with it!

  5. This is a great post, thanks for sharing and remind us that it's o.k. to have fears but not o.k. to let them control and drag us away from our dreams.

    Found your blog via iblog4me!

  6. Stopping by from the blog hop! I've got to say that I really connected with this post. If I waited for fear to subside before trying anything new, I'd never be running a half marathon in a few weeks!

  7. ohhhh, Caroline, you have me thinking and dreaming. and that's dangerous! ;]

    i love this post: i have, too often, let fear hold me back from moving. and i don't want to do that anymore.