One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life is to put my fears aside and build up the courage to take the first step…
I want you to stop for a moment to think of a time when you were hesitant on starting something. Why the hesitancy? Were you afraid you might fail? Or did you take up the opportunity despite any potential discomfort it might bring? Well, if you are anything like me, then I think it is safe to assume that you have gone through this, too. It’s definitely intimidating to try something for the first time.
The most beautiful thing about trying something new, though, even if it is uncomfortable at first, is that it opens doors. It challenges you to grow as an individual. It makes you feel capable.
Now, I absolutely love to bake.
It is one favorite pastimes to be able to bake super yummy baked goodies for my family and friends to indulge on. But I must admit, wasn’t always a level “Betty Crocker” baker. I had to experiment with different recipes, and tried my best to not focus on the fact that it may not exactly turn out as good as I wanted. So for me, I didn’t let the fear of something tasting like cardboard stop me from being in the kitchen. And I’m glad I decided to not listen to my fears. In fact, my family and friends are also very glad that I didn’t listen to those fears either!
Compared to bigger life issues, baking may seem like just a petty example of how I have gotten out of my comfort zone in order to challenge and better myself. But it’s not! In fact, me finding the discipline to go to the gym and lift weights on a consistent basis for the last few years may also seem
like a silly example of going out of my comfort zone. However, despite these examples being so simple compared to bigger life issues, they still are not insignificant.
You see, it’s the principle of the matter. Being able to challenge yourself to do something has a snowball effect. When you challenge yourself by taking seemingly “small” steps, you are actually taking big steps in disguise. When you challenge yourself in the little things, it strikes something in you. At least, I know it does in me. It helps you discover the things inside you that you didn’t have a clue were even there.
It tells you, “Well if I was able to do such-and-such thing, then maybe I can do that, too.”
We each have incredible amounts of potential to do amazing things in each of our lives. Sometimes in life, though, all we need is just a little reminder that all we have to do is start. Once you start saying yes to the little challenges, the possibilities to achieve greatness become greater and greater. In doing so, you can inspire not only others to do more with their lives, but you can also inspire yourself to continue pursuing nothing but excellence.
Now, starting isn’t always a piece of red velvet cake.
So when the going gets tough and everything seems to be going against you, I want you to remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. There is no time for ease and comfort. It is a time to dare and endure in order to conquer and fly.
So today, I dare you to begin.
Begin to dream big. Begin to take chances. Begin to discover your God given gifts. Begin to take the road less traveled. Begin to dare.
And so today, I begin…
“Your capacity will never increase in your comfort zone.” –Pastor Steven Furtick