How many times in your life have you not done something because you were afraid? Because you were nervous? I have always been an anxious person. I will what-if the heck out of everything and then some. I worry about problems before they even become problems. And when they don’t become problems, I wonder why I worried so much. I am also the person who needs a Plan B and C in case Plan A doesn’t work. My theory is, if you have a plan, or plans, in place, then you won’t need them.
It’s only been the last year or so that I’ve really started to ignore that “fear” when it rears it’s ugly head. I am not as shy as I used to be and I have more of a “whatever” attitude, and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic, bad way. I mean it more as “it is what it is”.
I deal with customers all day long. I have meetings with new customers and do my best to impress. I have talked in front of board meetings. I have to deal with vendors all days long. I have to make business decisions that I’m not totally comfortable making. But I do it. Do all these things scare me? Do they make me anxious? Yes. But I do it anyway.
So, when I decided that I wanted to run a full marathon, I thought I was crazy. Insane. What the heck was I thinking? Just because I’ve run a half dozen or so half marathons, I all of a sudden think I’m qualified to run a full marathon? Absolutely not. Does it scare me? YES. But, I’m going to do it anyway.
My first half marathon. I was SO sore and it was so hard, but I couldn’t wait to do it again.
The reason why is simple…. I cannot stop thinking about it. This is how I gauge how important something is to me. If I have an idea and it passes and I forget about it, then I probably didn’t want to do it. But, if I cannot stop thinking about it, I should do it.
My seventh half marathon, just as exciting as the first.
This past Saturday, I registered for my first full marathon. I am going to train for hundreds of miles over five months to run 26.2 miles on November 30, 2014. It’s going to hurt and it’s going to be hard. Is that going to stop me? No. And I’m going to earn this awesome medal when I cross that finish line.
(Source: Space Coast Marathon)
Life is too short to be afraid to do things. I don’t want regrets. One day, I won’t be able to run. But today I can. I have to do it while I can. Will it be like when I ran my first half marathon and I knew I had to do it again? I have no idea. It might be a “one and done” thing. But it might not.
All I know is, I have to do it. I have to tackle it. I have to give it my best, train smart, and enjoy the journey along the way. Life is too short not to….
**After sharing this post this morning, my sister-in-law commented on it with a wonderful acronym for FEAR. I absolutely love it and decided to add it in here…. This is my new mantra. Thank you, Jenna!
What have you done that you were afraid of? Have you ever let fear stop you from accomplishing a goal?