I sat down at my desk and saw him. Long legs, climbing up the wall just a foot or so away. My breath caught and a wave of fear washed over me.
I really hate spiders.
A month or so ago, the same feelings flowed out when a wasp somehow got on the inside of my screened in porch. I stood there frozen in place, wishing I could just snap my fingers and have him be gone.
After that moment of panic, I quickly pushed past the fear to take care of both the spider and the wasp because I did not have time to be afraid – I had to act.
And I realized I need to practice fearlessness that more often.
When I’m scared, I often I give myself too much time to talk myself out of things. In spite of my aversion to the word “no” in most cases, I find that when opportunities come up that frighten me – I am way too quick to shake my head and back away.
The times I have gathered up my courage and said yes have been incredible experiences that helped me grow and become a better person.
In fact, every time I have pushed past the fear I have grown and been glad I acted.
I need to learn to go toe to toe with fear and stare him down. Every. Time.
Life is too short for regrets, and I should never miss an opportunity to grow or enrich my life because I let fear convince me it would be uncomfortable or intimidating.
When do you need to push past fear?