3300 feet up in the air – I couldn’t think. I couldn’t breath. The view may have been beautiful but my headspace was a war zone. At a really inconvenient time I discovered, I was terrified of heights. Right about here…
In this moment, I wanted to shut down. Life was not thebomb.com.
It reminded me of an important lesson…
How often are we right in the middle of something… a goal or experience, and we just want to get the f#*% outta there? All of a sudden it’s not going like we expected and aren’t feelin’ too jazzed about what we’ve gotten ourselves into.
Watching the city grow smaller beneath me – all I wanted was out of that moment. Queue my parachute (literally and figuratively), I wanted to bail. Like, wtf am I doing here and why did I think this was a good idea? #storyofmylife
The tension between who you are and who you could be.
I’ve been here a million times, I collect moments like these. But sometimes my goofy lizard brain forgets why I love scaring the hell out of myself.
When we are eyelashes deep in the oh-shit-how-am-I-gonna-make-this-happen moments in our lives we are in a sweet spot where magic happens.
Who you are and who you want to be are face to face.
Who are you going to let win?
Will you listen to the the racket between your ears?
The version of you that gets you into these moments will not get you through it. You have to stretch yourself – lean in to the challenge, the stress, the overwhelm… and grow into the person who can handle it. #LikeABoss
Easy goals and kickin’ it in your comfort zone will cheat you out of creating that gap.
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I am obsessed with consciously creating these gaps in my life. If it scares me, then I must go after it. 90% of my most fulfilling memories and great opportunities are born in this gap – when I am scared $h*#le$$.
I love the moment when I hit that wall (or the height of 3300 feet). I love that argument in my head between who I am and who I want to be. Am I gonna handle this? And I going to step up and figure $h*t out?
You better believe it. And the more I do it, the better I become.
You aren’t a dummy, so don’t forget this…
Fall in love with the struggle because you know it’s where growth happens.
In order to be brave, you’ve got to create moments when you’re afraid.
Work with people smarter than you.
Surround yourself with people who are doing bigger and better things than you.
Create things that push your vulnerability boundaries; that crack you open and cause you to pour your heart and soul in.
You know what you’re afraid of – go there.
When you go to the places and spaces that intimidate you, challenge you and create the opportunity to change you; who you are and who you need to grow into are gonna tango. #ThunderdomeBaby
It’s a beautiful, rewarding fight. Lean into it.
You can handle it.
I know you may be afraid, but you’ll know what to do when you hit the gap.
You’re so much more resourceful, brave, and brilliant than you believe, I promise.
How do I know? Because contrary to what many seems to believe – I’m scared all the fu#@%* time…and not just at 3300 feet.
Here’s the secret moving forward when you’re afraid: just take one tiny step.
And once you figure that one out, just take one more.
Even if you’re walking, you’re still lapping everyone still sitting on the couch. Empires and bravery are built one brick and scary moment at a time. You’ve got this.
Keep moving forward my friends.
The world needs you and the gifts that only you bring to it.
FUN FACT :: I edited the final draft of this post flying from Portland to Austin, oh the irony. #HeightsAreNotMyJam