I had a really close friend request a post about courage and doing what you want, not what others want from you. So here goes….
Those who seem to have it all together, actually don’t. There is something that sets them apart from others. It’s a piece of advice I learned and have passed on to others who ask me for advice on how to move forward. “Do You” It is as simple as that. You need to put yourself first, make yourself a priority.
At first it was so hard for me to make myself a priority, I had always taken others into consideration, let them give me little pushes towards what they wanted me to do. I wanted to please people, to make others happy, no matter what the cost was to me. It took a lot of courage to make the change to work on myself and what I wanted. I was that lioness lying in wait among the tall grass, that sleeping giant waiting to show the world who I was.
All I needed was someone to show me I could. Someone to tell me that they had been where I was and had been successful. I found that person at an Outlier Event, Chiara Mazzucco, and begin to follow her on social media. I eventually got up the courage and took the leap to enroll in a beta course on reinventing yourself. I was scared and nervous because I didn’t know what to expect and it ended up being the best decision I ever made. I learned to grow and to move forward. I learned how to start doing what I wanted. I made a goals again, and a vision board, and even a bucket list! Things I hadn’t done in years unless it was required for a class.
I can’t tell you how many times I was nervous to do something. Job interviews, dates, publishing my blog. It was never about having or not having courage and confidence, it was about telling myself I had those things. And it was also realizing that if something scares and excites you, then it is right and you need to go for it. Take the leap, you’ll land where you fall anyway, so whats stopping you?
Anything is possible, sometimes you just need a reminder that you can do it. Let this be your reminder. And as far as courage, well fake it until you make it! (I’ve gotten pretty far by faking it and telling myself that I had courage, or confidence, or well anything really). You can do anything, or be anything, it’s time to leap out of the tall grass, time to wake up and let the world know who you are!! Just remember, do you, put what you want first, meet the goals you set, and remember who you are; a beautiful soul who has so much to show the world!