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How to be fearless

On January 25, 2014 In How to, Mind

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The other day my friend Aurora linked me in a post on Instagram and in her sweet blurb she described me as fearless. Fearless. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I would have never described myself as fearless, but I do get up every day and attempt to not fall for all the bells and whistles that fear brings.

I have a secret though, that I need to share.

I am not fearless, I am stubborn.

Many years ago I used to live a life ruled by fear. I was afraid to be myself, I was afraid of what people thought of me, I was afraid of travelling, I was afraid of failure and above all I was afraid of fear itself. My relationship to fear changed because I was granted a whole gigantic dose of perspective, of which I have written about here and here. I had a bigger pin point for what fear could be, and it wasn’t what I thought it was.

♥ Make the fear of not doing something bigger than the fear of doing it

I am not fearless but oh boy I am so fiercely independent and I am stubborn. My will has become way more powerful than my won’t. The lesson is in learning to shift your perception. For when you want to do something, whether it’s follow a dream or overcome a challenge – You have to be more concerned about not doing something than about doing it. You have to be more excited about taking the step than you are afraid of it. I am much more afraid of not doing something that I want to. I am afraid of not trying.

This is perception, nothing is different, you are still in the same situation. You can open a door and expect to see something terrible or something great, it’s a choice. This is by far the most simple way I have learned to live and it’s the only way to overcome a fear of change or of the unknown. Uncertainty is certain, that is the honest truth, but your expectations and your perceptions can be as you choose.

But doesn’t being positive set you up for failure? Failure doesn’t exist. It’s just a fear of change. I would rather step out of my front door every single day and be excited for what it might bring than I would be afraid of what it might bring.

Why? because the biggest thing I have learned is that living from fear does not move you forwards. It will spin you in a circle and it will beat you down and it will make you feel trapped, but it does not create opportunities. Sometimes fear comes in and gives you a shove, but you still have to take the step to go onwards.

What do I do when when I’m swimming in a thought process that is steaming with fear? 

♥ Your job is not to eliminate fear.

I don’t think we dissolve fear or zap it into non existence but we can change our relationship to it. You know that old saying ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’?

Get to know fear first, get to know how it shows itself to you. How does it arise? through a lack of confidence? a fear of change? procrastination and fear of failure? Introduce yourself to your fears, recognise them and don’t run away from them. Fear has to be treated like a feeling, you have to feel it because then you can change how you take it on.

 Say hello to fear, acknowledge fear, feel fear, but, don’t stop to chat. Wave hello to fear and then keep walking.tweet-graphic-1

Your job is to not put your energy on fear. I don’t believe we arrive on this earth with fear, we learn it, hence of course why we tend to be our most fearless in childhood.  Fear can be unlearned and the way you do that is by choosing not to load attention upon it.

There are opportunities scattered throughout your day, week, month, year and life that give you the chance to put your beautiful energy on something other than your fear. The best bit is that you can practice, daily.

♥ Love is more solid than fear

Fear is real, but it’s not grounded, it’s not fixed, it’s fluid, which means it can be shaped and changed. Love is the thing that is real, it is solid, it has structure, it’s a foundation that does not shake. Love is also unlimited, it is an energy, it’s a source that doesn’t run out, so, we seek out love to help us when we feel fear.

How do you see love when all you see is fear?

Love is something that you tune into.

When you take a second to try and choose to see something other than fear it’s like adjusting your sight, twizzling your permanent binoculars into focus. We are all seeing the same view but the difference is in our perception, in our attunement. Love is within every feeling or thought that is positive. Love is in the present moment. It is in a happy memory. It is in everyone that you feel connected to and absolutely it is within you.

♥ Fear will help you change your life.

Let fear be your teacher but not your guide – all of your experiences where you felt fear or you experienced fear – allow them to push you forwards. Don’t want invite fear to be your mentor or your closest friend,  choose for it be the thing that helps you swim off in a brighter direction.

Don’t let fear be an excuse not to do something, let it be a excuse to do something. tweet-graphic-1

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Procrastination & ‘What ifs’

On April 4, 2012 In Mind, Spirit

Procrastination & ‘What ifs’ – How to start to move forward.

Procrastination is merely a form of avoidance & fear.

I believe (and have experienced) this to be a perfect description.
So how do we find a solution to our procrastinating? how do we break the bad habit of avoiding doing what we should be doing?
It’s all about the FIRST step, the hardest one to take.

Sometimes I find myself avoiding things and knowing it’s just because I am afraid to make the move. Or sometimes avoidance comes because we don’t want to face a sad, scary or awkward situation.
But, where does this get us? nowhere, in fact it leads us to doubt ourselves more, prevents us from moving on and it leads us to actually let in the fear and the ego and being to believe that we aren’t capable of things.

We start to make negative comments like ‘I can’t do that’.
Which is worse, ‘failing’ or doing nothing at all? I think we all know the answer. Choosing to be afraid of failing or just choosing to be afraid of a situation isn’t moving forward, it’s stepping backwards into our comfort zone believing that we are better without the worry of the ‘what if?’

What if there was no such thing as failure? There isn’t, it’s only a fear based term which holds us back. Fear of failure is just a fear of change.

The ‘what if?’

When I was younger I really fell prisoner to the ‘what if’ feeling, so many things I thought or wanted to do came with this tag and often led me to become static and also unhappy. I often stayed within my comfort zone and also was very afraid of a lot of things. I only really pulled out of this because of a life experience that changed the way I looked on things and also my concept of fear itself. Now when I feel like I could be worrying about a situation I think it’s important to switch around the thoughts and turn the ‘what if’ into a positive. Everything is about perception, so we can CHOOSE to see things differently.
What if everything works out great? / What if he/she’s the love of my life?  / What if it’s a huge success? / What if I have a good time? / What if it helps me? / What if i end up happy?
It’s only really a simple case of glass half full or half empty and if what you do doesn’t go to how you planned it then you have the joy of your effort. When you’re dealing with a difficult or painful situation then you can be glad that you HAVE dealt with it, you didn’t hide or run away, and now you can go forward.
I used to be really afraid of flying. ‘What if the plane crashes?’ to other things like ‘what if I get sick in flight?’ and when you have these thoughts then no amount of logic helps you turn from the feeling of fear.
When I started flying again (after six years!) the thing that actually pushed me to be able to do it was visualising how proud I would be of myself when I’d arrived at my destination, to be able to message my family and send that ‘landed’ text that we always send each other.
It was seeing myself within in the positive result (a good example of positive visualisation) happy that I’d taken that step to get through a fear and proving that love was way stronger than the fear itself.
First step = Movement
I believe that if you can take that one step forward then the Universe will take three more for you, you will get a nudge when you’re moving in the right direction. This has been proven to me time and time again.
Be willing to let go of control and to embrace FLOW.
Don’t be scared of: The unknown, of starting new projects, of finishing old ones, of saying hello, of saying goodbye, of letting go of the past, of letting go of illnesses or friendships, of making new connections, of saying sorry, of working hard, of taking a break, of forgiving someone,
of saying YES.