"I think one of the biggest reasons we don’t take the action we really want to take is because we build this monster up in our head. Whether it’s doing all the laundry that has accumulated, making that difficult phone call or getting back into an exercise routine, 100% of the time when we attack the monster, be it the “laundry monster,” “exercise monster,” or whatever else it might be, it’s never as scary as we think it’ll be. The monster is never as scary as it seems!" ~Adam Gilbert
I know today's quote is long, but it's what the whole blog is about, so go ahead and read it. I know half of you skipped it when you saw it was over two lines! :)
Think about the things in your life that are scary and daunting and overwhelming. I totally understand where this guy is coming from. (Although, I don't know that laundry has ever been in the "monster" category for me...) We build things up so much in our head, and worry so much about how hard it will be or what might go wrong, that we let the scary monster hold us back.
BFF put this into a different perspective that I want to share. He explained it in a sports-related form. He knows me too well! He said, "Tiff, you're acting like this thing is third down and 15. In reality, it's second down and 5. Put the Hail Mary playbook away and relax!"
In reality, the odds are that the thing we fear is so much less scary than we make it in our heads. Usually, the things we fear could be overcome if we just faced our fears and did what was scary. I realize that's much easier said than done, but I know that at least for me, I'm going to try and forget the scary monsters. I don't want to let my head hold me back from things that I want to do and have and experience in my life. Life is too short (or maybe too long in some people's minds...) to let fears hold us back from what we want.
So just like little kids have to get over the monster under the bed, we have to get over the monsters in our heads. I figure the best way to handle this task is one step at a time.....so get out there, start stepping, and slay those monsters!
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