I started the day listening to an interview by Michael Bungay Stainer with Danielle LaPorte . Stepping into what scares you the most and not avoiding it brings out the creative elements in all of us. But how often do we realize that we are not being true to our creative selves yet we don’t do anything about it.We persist in a life that doesn’t meet our expectations. We settle. We adapt. We dry up.

We don’t DO because of fear.

Grappling with fear is human. We all do it in some fashion. But there comes a time when being timid in life creates fear that strangles you as an individual. Your creative juices evaporate. You are boxed in. You are a shadow of  yourself. It’s as if fear is ever present, just lurking around the corner. Ready to pounce. “Waiting for the other shoe to drop” as we called it in my family.

So what can you do?

Listening to the interview, the simple idea is embrace your fear and you will learn something very valuable .. about you. Armed with this knowledge, you can move on.

While it sounds counter intuitive, taking on your fear and totally checking it out does two things: the fear is no longer “larger than life” and now you have information to create something new and different in your life. When you are more resourceful, your experience offers choices for who you are (really and not the faux you) and how you want to be and feel. Accepting the fear creates a space for growth.

I had already started practicing consciously making choices. What do I chose to read? What do I eat? Who challenges me think? Where do I feel safe? I am examining small events in my life to experience choice. Life’s auto pilot has been switched off.

When you are actively engaged in living life and fear leaps out, catch it. How is this fear serving you?

It doesn’t matter when you decide to embrace fear and make life choices. It’s not about age, status, or when the masses say it’s time. It’s when you are ready to know yourself deeply and lovingly.

Grab a fear today and dance with it. What does it have to share with you?

Catch you later.