A Life to Live – Shirley's Blog

  • 10:10:33 am on March 4, 2015 | 0

    Why Doing What Scares You is Important


    “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it… You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


    Do something that scares you every day!

    Sound strange? It’s not as crazy a concept as you first might think, rather it’s something that makes total sense. Doing something “scary” means allowing ourselves to leave our comfort zones, which in turn prepares us for unexpected challenges, boosts productivity, and even makes it easier to be creative.



    Never letting ourselves escape our comfort zones is one of the quickest paths to mind stagnation. Since this does nothing to contribute to our peace of mind and overall happiness, it’s essential to challenge ourselves as often as possible with “scary things.” Doing so is an excellent way to boost confidence in yourself and your abilities, and simply feel great. As we’ve noted before, the mind may crave routine, but change is what it needs to be healthy and strong throughout a lifetime.



    So how do we go about doing things that scare us? The best way is to start small, such as disconnecting from your phone and other gadgets for an afternoon, or challenging yourself to a week of specific exercises. The more small scary things you try and feel successful about, the easier it will be to conquer more challenging tasks.

    Asking for help is another option. Many are afraid to ask for help for one reason or other, as they believe it makes them seem weak or inferior, or simply incapable. However, everyone needs help sometimes, and when you ask, you generally receive. Lend your help and support to other people as well.

    Trying something new is yet another way to scare/challenge yourself, such as learning a new recipe or tasting a new food, signing up for a class, traveling to a new destination, or asking the person you’ve been admiring out on a date.


    And don’t worry what other people think–do whatever seems scary to you, whatever that may be! Your mind will thank you!


    To learn more about changing your mind and therefore your life, please contact me today at A Life to Live.





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