This great quote says it all: “Do Things That Scare You.”
If you followed that advice, what is the one thing you would start today that you have resisted out of fear?
If we delve into the quote further, we learn that Eleanor Roosevelt actually said something even more meaningful that has been shortened over the years. Her quote says:
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Those are powerful words. In an interview with the founder of Hutch, Beatrice Fischel-Bock was asked about the best business advice she ever received and she referred to this quote about facing fears and resisting the urge to “abandon all hope.”
Do things that scare you (Eleanor Roosevelt). I am a very shy person so most things scare me, especially in my position leading teams and publicly speaking. Although it’s uncomfortable at the time, you learn that you can do anything and that everything gets easier once you try it.
Fischel-Bock began her 3D interior design business while still in college and “since that time has raised a total of $17+ million in funding and was named 2018’s Forbes 30 Under 30 for Retail & E-Commerce.”
Talk about facing your fears and going for it.
As I travel the country speaking with professional women, the idea of facing fears in business is a common theme. What is it that makes us so afraid to take a chance, to raise our hand, to put our hat in the ring?
Emily Triplett Lentz explores this topic in her article The Benefit of Doing Things that Scare You. In her article, she shares a number of quotes from successful icons who offer statements like “imagine the worst possible scenario,” or “a little bit of fear is healthy,” or this great quote from Helen Keller, who, if there was anyone who had the right to be fearful it was Helen:
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” — Helen Keller
If Helen Keller can step outside her fears as a person who could not see, speak or hear, how can we possibly allow our fears to get the best of us?
Are You Facing Your Fears?
Deep down we all want to make a difference. In most ways, we are already making a difference, no matter how small, however, if we were to face and overcome our fears, how much larger could our impact be?
I am a firm believer in women finding their inner light and having the courage to shine it on the rest of the world. However, I can also appreciate the fact that it can be easier to head down that path with an entourage of encouragers. That is one of the reasons that I’ve started a series of retreats called Together We Seek. Women come together for a weekend of revitalization, reawakening, and reaffirmation. We encourage each other to find that light and to let it shine.
If a retreat is something that sounds appealing to you, please learn more about our Together We Seek Retreats for more information.
I leave you with this bit of advice from Emily Triplett Lentz:
The more you listen to fear, the more power you give it. Fortunately, the converse is true — the more you face fear down, the more control you have. Once we understand that, we can systematically expose ourselves to the things that scare us, and in that way, propel ourselves forward.