July 5, 2018
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise man.
I think one of the biggest fears we have is looking like a fool or being criticized. We don’t like to look, act or be different. Most people like to fit in and conform.
I remember being back in school, I was afraid to ask a question because I didn’t want to look foolish. But then someone was bold enough to ask the exact question I wanted to ask and everyone was happy that they did because most of the students didn’t understand what the teacher was saying.
Now I have learned to step outside my comfort zone, have confidence in my abilities and know there are no stupid questions.
What is it about taking a risk to look foolish that we are so afraid of? People made fun of Karl Benz, the creator of the automobile Mercedes Benz back in 1886. He actually had to take out his car at night to test drive it so people wouldn’t laugh and ridicule him. Or Gugliemo Marconi, an inventor and electrical engineer who pioneered work on long distance radio transmissions. His friends had him institutionalized thinking he was nuts to think he could send messages through the air. There are many such stories of people who took the risk in doing something, if they believed strongly in it.
What is it that you would like to accomplish but are afraid to do. Take the risk, believe in yourself and you could be the fool laughing all the way to the bank. Go for it.
August 5, 2014
In the confrontation between the rock and the stream, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through persistence.
Are you afraid of confrontation? Many people are. I was, until I became aware of the damage I caused myself and others. You see, confrontation is healthy and necessary for your own spiritual progress. It is not always easy to confront someone without it turning into a battle of egos. That’s not what confrontation is all about. It is about speaking your truth and allowing others to hear it. If you feel like someone is taking advantage of you, speak up! You see, we teach others how to treat us. We need to express our feelings in a healthy way, and there is no other way Avoidance is not resolution! I feel so much better and healthier, now that I confront a situation that does not resonate with my highest good. What you resist will persist, so confront the situation with confidence, truth and persistence.
June 24, 2014
Life really does begin outside your comfort zone. Playing it safe will never develop character, strength, or confidence. If you want more you must stretch yourself. Becoming a public speaker is most people’s number one fear. It certainly was for me. My voice used to crackle if I had to speak in public. But now, I love it! I overcame my fear because I wanted to be an empowerment coach. I didn’t allow the fear to stop me from pursuing my desire. I urge you to go ahead and step into your uncomfortable zone. What is it that you want? Give it a try. Then do it again and again. Soon, you will have gotten comfortable with what at one time was uncomfortable. Then you will have to stretch again to reach the next level of what ever makes you uncomfortable. You see, life is always expanding and expressing. So step outside your comfort zone to develop your character, strength, and confidence. I’m sure you will be happy that you did!