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Fear Factor

And sitting there at that table, talking to my stepfather, I realized, in this particular situation, I think I’ll take advice from my nephew, thank you very much. He is not terribly concerned about where he’s going, but he does know he’d like to take a bus to get there.

via Take some risks and enjoy the crazy ride by @lisagerber | Spin Sucks.

Before you read anything further here, click through above for the context and the idea that sparked what I’ve got below. Go ahead – I’ll wait.

In front of me personally, I see lots of choices. Lots of paths leading in various directions, mostly heading in the same “that-a-way”. But choices nonetheless. And self-reflection can only get you so far before you have to act and move on any of those options before you. That’s where I’m at – coming up to the end of 2011, looking to make some positive choices to play out in 2012.

And I liked how Lisa put the “option” above: look at the journey, the “how do we get there”, as a part of the decision making process.

Not only is the destination something we should shoot for. It’s at least as important that the way we get there is a good one as well.

Too often, fear factors in before possibility. We are stopped by worry and anxiety more than we are encouraged by challenge and the unknown. We lean towards pessimism instead of pressing into hope. We want to reach a goal, but the journey ahead is often more unsettling than anything. It stops us more than it prods us.

So what do we do about it?

  • We grab onto the good side, letting our attitudes be full of adventure and excitement.
  • That means grabbing for good things to begin with – maybe it’s a change in our goals that makes them worth attaining and worth fighting for in the first place.
  • At some point, maybe we make amends with the journey we’re on to this point before pressing forward towards those more-worthy goals. Forgive and ask forgiveness – things like that go far in removing the baggage that’s been holding us back, too.
  • Do it now. Make those mindset changes now. Make those loftier goals now. Think and dream now.
Just some of the things that popped to mind from Lisa’s post linked above. I’m ready to embark on my own adventure – and I’m taking the bus like her nephew because I’m looking forward to the ride as well.

One Response to Fear Factor

  1. Rob Schaller says:

    So funny I should read this today. Last night, stayed up way too late, getting sucked into the old Steve Martin flick, “Parenthood.”

    Right at the end, when Martin’s character, Gill, is about to explode with the stress of life, his grandma comes in and starts talking about riding her first roller coaster:

    “You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster. Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride! I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”

    I’m going to blame my contacts being in too long, but all of a sudden my eyes got a little watery. Could be that I haven’t seen that movie since I was a kid, and now have kids of my own. But probably just the contacts.