Are you afraid? Its time to get ready, set, and go past that fear to happiness, success, and peace. Once upon a time I was a timid, girl with hopeless days and empty dreams. I was afraid of failure and rejection, My choices were designed to look like I tried, but in reality I put forward the least energy as possible and what I got in return was regret. I was afraid to speak out because I had trained my thoughts to be negative and my mind became my cruel ruler. Only after I began to think of myself as valuable and capable was I able to move past fear.
I stopped thinking failure, and started thinking survivor. I changed my words from never, stupid, and ugly to possible, genius, and beauty. Then I took action. I took care of my body and now practice self-love everyday. Now I can look in the mirror and feel content with my looks without makeup or straight shiny hair. I feel healthy and energetic. I started writing, publishing my work, and sharing it with people I didn’t know. All that time worrying that my work would be labeled as stupid was for nothing. Instead my writing has been praised! I remembered how smart I am and started making better choices. I let go of actions that only brought me down. I chose to spend my precious time with people who were positive. I stopped believing that drinking was the only way I could have a social life and started trying new things and talking to new people. Instead of expensive retail therapy I started meditation, breathing exercises, and returned to the yoga stretches my mom taught me. I changed my thoughts which spurred me to take better actions.
Sometimes I still become afraid. My nerves get on edge, my thoughts become negative, and I worry about failing. Sometimes I start to buy things I don’t need or feel too sad to care. But each day I get better at stopping those thoughts and actions that will make life harder. I say NO to self-doubt and regret. I say YES to creating a life of happiness.
Olympia LePoint became a rocket scientist even though she grew up in poverty and failed science and math. Now she shares the 3 ways she gets rid of her fear. First, recognize and name your fear. Second, change your thoughts. Third, exercise your brain with “action in direct opposition to our fear”. Take a look at her Ted Talk video, “Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear”.