Be Nervous but don’t be Afraid

I saw this magnet at a shop in Boulder the other day and it really resonated with me. I like to stop and look at the racks of cards and items with motivational quotes that you see in boutiques everywhere, but I’m not one to buy them and place them around my house. This is one I may go back and get.

It says “BE NERVOUS BUT DON’T BE AFRAID.

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There’s a slew of motivational quotes along the same lines about facing fear and living outside of your comfort zone. Are they cheesy? Maybe. But it is so important to remember to live your life to the fullest without letting fear or apprehension stand in the way.

BE NERVOUS! Have you ever been so nervous that you feel like you’re going to puke? Yes? GOOD! When you feel nervous and anxious at times; it means that you are pushing your boundaries and building on your experiences.

Think of the last thing you did that scared you, or made you uncomfortable.

Now, think of how amazing you felt when you pushed through the discomfort and made it to the other side. Think about the pride you felt and how the experience has changed you, even if in just an infinitesimal way.

The morning before my first half marathon I was pacing around the room to calm my nerves and remember saying to Jim “Someday I’m going to look back and say, do you remember how nervous I was before my first race??”

This is what we’re made of. The little things are the foundation for being strong to stand up to the bigger things that will inevitably come our way. Go out there today and run an extra 1/2 mile, hold that yoga pose for 10 seconds longer, try a new recipe, pick up a new book, take a different route to work, be late (don’t get in trouble), get in trouble! Don’t psych yourself out – you are fucking awesome.

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