This is Part 2 of my previous blog post: “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway.” I had not intended on writing a Part 2 until I saw the popularity of my previous post (it was shared throughout Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter), and I heard from several of my readers that they were buying the book based on my review and blog post.
I figured that there was more to learn about the author, Susan Jeffers, and I wanted to see what other books she had written. So, I googled her, and quickly found out 2 very important things. First, she had written many books, and second she had passed away in October of last year. This immediately felt like a loss. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know her; it only mattered that I felt connected to her in some way through her book.
I found most of the information that I was looking for on her website including her “official and unofficial bio.” As I read through her life, I found other commonalities, thus deepening the connection.
Much like me, Jeffers had gotten married and had 2 children, before continuing her college education. For me, the academic path was as clear as it had been for Jeffers. I sought my Journalism degree, and Jeffers found her calling in Psychology.
But, it was the first sentence of her “unofficial bio” that drew me in. It read: “I think of myself as someone who seems to be constantly reinventing herself.” Wow, I thought…this is me! Then I thought again…no, this really isn’t me.
I am not constantly reinventing myself, although it may appear that way to the outside world. I am actually just taking the person that I am already, and following my instincts more, while being more aware of where I want to be, and where I want to go, and what I want to do, and what I need to do to get there.
Here’s the thing: I am basically finally acting on the things that have only existed thus far in the space of thought, and doing everything I can to make them a reality. Isn’t that the point of feeling the fear and doing it anyway?
The past 12 months have definitely been a time of significant self-discovery and growth for me. I have finally adopted the “it’s now or never” attitude, and I don’t want to let anything hold me back from achieving the things that I know I am meant to achieve and want to do.
It all started with playing the drums. Not that I feared playing the drums, but I feared that if I took it off my “Maybe One Day” list and actually did it, that it might not have the positive outcome I had always dreamed about. In the past, I always feared taking certain chances because I was afraid of a negative outcome, instead of focusing on the possibility of a positive one. That is not the case anymore!
Learning to play the drums has turned out to be one of the most positive things I have ever done for myself, thus fueling my motivation to check other things off of my list with gusto.
I am feeling the fear and doing it anyway!