My hands were shaking, I was short of breath, a light sweat had broken out on my forehead and I was stumbling over my words. I had butterflies in my stomach and I felt like I was going to be sick.

And as I looked down at my shaking hands, I smiled and I thought to myself, “Yes, Finally!”

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like this. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited and scared about something at the same time.

And that’s why I know it’s right. I’m on the right track and celebrating every win along the way.

I’m stepping up, stepping out and reaching out. Saying to the universe, I’m ready and Let’s go!

I’m committing, there’s no back up plan, I’m going all in. The Universe is sending me little signs along the way and I’m saying thank you for every one.

Explore every path

This has become my motto. If something isn’t working, I ask myself –  how can I get better? How can I get bigger than my problem? How can I learn more, be more? What can I do differently? Who can I reach out to, to help keep me moving forward?

In this day and age, there are no limits to what is possible. People are doing business differently, no brick and mortar, no rules,  and sometimes not even profit. They’re doing it to make a difference, an impact, to give back, to create something new, creating new niches as they go.

People are making millions with network marketing companies, new apps and social media sites every day.

Possibility isn’t the question. It may be possible. What is it that stops us from achieving our biggest goals?

Along the way we come up against blocks that hold us back. Our mind traps us. It says,  you can’t do that, that’s not how it’s been done before, what will people say, that’s won’t work, you’re gonna fail. No one will listen to you. Just go back to your 9-5.

But that’s all it is. A trap. A safe trap. A comfort trap. Stay comfortable, it says, stay inside, you’ll be safe here, no one will judge you. You won’t fail if you don’t try.

But you see, I think that’s where the failure is. In the safety, in the non-doing, in staying in your comfort zone and doing what everyone else has done. Failure is in the not trying and in the not stepping out.

In my opinion, the scary part is – what if you don’t?

What if you don’t try and stay exactly where you are right now. In your comfort zone, in your non-doing? What if you stayed where you are for the next 10 years? Would you be happy with that?

I know I wouldn’t. So I live for that fear, that feeling of anxiety, that not knowing what is going to happen next and have faith that it will all work out the way it’s supposed to. All I know is  – that’s gotta be better than not trying.

” Feel the fear and do it anyway”  – Susan Jeffers

Feel the fear. We all know the feeling of fear, as it holds us back from speaking up, jumping in and stepping up. Our heartbeat races, we hold our breath, our skin prickles, our body tenses, an uneasy feeling in our stomach arises and our senses are heightened.

But what if the feeling of fear was actually just excitement? How is the feeling different?

Our heartbeat races, our skin prickles, our body tenses, we get butterflies in our stomach and our senses are heightened. What if the sensation of fear in our body was the same as excitement?  What’s the difference?

There are two main differences, and these are totally within our control.

Firstly, instead of holding our breath,  our breathing quickens when we are excited.

So just remember to Breathe.

And secondly, the thoughts we have about that feeling in our body is what give it meaning.

What are we telling ourselves about that feeling? Are we scared? Or are we excited?
Sometimes our brain can take over and hold us in a fear state when it believes we are in danger. This is just old caveman programming and the best way to avoid this is to ask ourselves – am I in danger right now?  No? Then maybe that fear is not fear at all, maybe it’s actually excitement.

If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure if you can do it, SAY YES, then learn how to do it later. – Richard Branson

Where in your life have you let fear hold you back? Where have you let it stop you in saying yes?
How can you step out of fear and allow yourself to get excited and jump?

Be open to every opportunity, even if you think it may not be perfect. It could be just what you need.

Be Open. Be Excited. Jump.

Even if you’re scared.