How To Conquer Fear

I’m back from an unexpected trip to New York to honor my late mother-in-law at her memorial.

It was beautiful + our visit reminded me how we must all live more fully, even in the face of fear.

We spent one day at local pool + spa, where kids were jumping off a high cliff into the waterfalls and pool below.

I waited on the sidelines and watched, while dipping my toes into the freezing cold water.

I cheered my 9 year-old son on as he tentatively stepped up to the edge.

I knew that the fear in his mind was greater than the actual jump + encouraged him to just go for it.

bde0e234-dd6d-460e-9a54-592d65b2781cHe did, and even though he was scared, once he took the leap, he felt amazing and went again and again.

Then he asked me to jump. (And I’m definitely afraid of heights). And it got me thinking.

Why do we sit on the sidelines and watch as just the kids jump in?
Why don’t we do the things that scare us more often?
Why don’t we live more fully?

So, I jumped.

And got the lesson.

Once I took the leap of faith, just like my son, I was filled with exhilaration and joy.

We went together again and again, (even though the water was freezing cold) and had a blast.

In some ways, I felt I was honoring my late mother-in-law, by living more fully in the present moment + facing my fear.

So, notice where you’ve been hesitating, whether it’s in your career or in your life, and remind yourself that action conquers fear.

Make a commitment this week to take a leap (before you think you’re ready + even if it scares you) to dive into to the unknown.

You might be surprised at how much more alive you feel and how the fear was all in your head anyway.

Leave a comment below + let me know what action you plan on taking this week to live more fully + conquer your fear.

Love + Gratitude,

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2 thoughts on “How To Conquer Fear”

  1. This is a very meaningful statement to me. I, after many years of fear, jumped out of a plane 3 years ago and knew I could do anything. As time passed, I forgot the lesson and here it is again. Thank you.

  2. shaune sterling

    Hi Wendy,

    Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My prayers are with you and your family. I have a role coming up for an indie film was concerned about doing well and taking those steps of faith. I asked God for some direction and when I checked my email, this blog was there! It was exactly what I needed to hear to keep me motivated and moving forward! Thank you for always sharing and posting these blogs. they are truly helpful!

    -Shaune Sterling

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