I recently saw this quote…
“Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.”
My immediate thought was, “Awesome, love it!”
My next thought was, “Wait a sec, I don’t think there’s ever been a single success I’ve achieved where fear wasn’t present.”
As I think back to the accomplishments I’m most proud of, I was scared out of my wits with every one of them.
When I scored my first two points ever in a basketball game as a kid, I was so scared just to be out on the court.
But I went out there and gave it my all anyways and those two points become 8 points that game.
When I had my first kiss, as exciting as it was, I could not have been more nervous and scared.
But I went for it anyways and it turned out great. 🙂
When I went away to college, as excited as I was, I was scared of the thought of being away from home and on my own.
I did it anyways and it was the best 4 years of my life.
When I moved across country to California, I was scared.
Would things work out? Would I like it out there? Would I go broke?
I felt the fear and drove across country anyways.
18 years later, I’ve lived there almost half my life now; happy, healthy, and loving it.
When I ran my first 50 mile race, not only was I scared of the distance, but also of the free roaming buffalo that were on the island where I’d be running.
What if I come face to face with one of these larger than life animals?
What will I do?
These thoughts and fears kept me up all night and I almost pulled out of the race.
It was probably the most scared I’ve ever been in my life, but I went through with it.
I completed the race, saw buffalo, and lived to tell about it (haha).
Completing that race is still one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I don’t believe life becomes limitless in the absence of fear.
I believe life becomes limitless when we stand up to fear.
Where we feel the fear and act anyways.
And then realize, I’m OK.
In fact, I’m more than OK.
I feel great and on top of the f@!king world!
Everything we want is on the other side of fear.
It isn’t about being fearless, it’s about feeling fear and stepping up anyways.
More in this episode of my Mornings With Mike podcast.
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