Here’s what my e-zine subscribers got in their mailbox on October 31:
Seeing that it’s Halloween today, instead of overdoing the sugary treats until you feel ill, I suggest a healthier alternative- make a promise to yourself that you will do one thing a day that scares you- with this proviso- it has to be in your own best interest; not something self-destructive or potentially dangerous. Why would I advise you to do something like this? Because as humans, we have a tendency to pick the easy, soft road in life instead of challenging ourselves to grow in a more positive direction. When we stop challenging ourselves by ‘playing it safe’ emotionally, we become stuck, bored, and often, depressed. When we take a chance by speaking our truth (as an example) regardless of the consequences and stand up for something we believe in, we gain new strength and confidence in ourselves to take more chances in the future.
Here are some examples of ways my clients have “scared” themselves by showing courage and have ended up feeling more confident and more empowered:
- Getting over phobias (speaking in front of an audience, taking the elevator, going on a plane, etc.) How? By believing me when I tell them, “The only way out of fear is THROUGH” it…
- Telling someone close to them that something they said to them was hurtful and they would like an apology
- Asking someone to go on a date with them
- Saying “no” to a request from a loved one even if the other person was disappointed and let them know it
How will you scare yourself today in a good way? Let me know at email@example.com
Here’s what one of my readers wrote in response:
Thanks for this Esther…couldn’t have received this at a better time…I am at a crossroad with regards to approaching my mother about a situation, or situations, that happened over Thanksgiving. I haven’t spoken to her since then, but definitely need too. I have been having been struggling with how to approach her and anyway I look at it, it’s not going to be easy for me.
So although it will ‘scare’ me and I don’t know how things will turn out…it’s absolutely necessary for my relationship with her.
Thanks for the nudge!