“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do” – Benjamin Spock
Imagine the magic that could be created if you embodied this quote.
Imagine what you would create if you had an unwavering belief in yourself.
I use to tell myself when I took this course, got that certificate, had a really professional website THEN I would have unwavering belief in myself and no fears would stop me from stepping up and shining my light.
I have checked all those boxes plus more much and guess what? I still experience debilitating fear and doubt.
For the last couple of months I’ve been planning Being Woman with my good friend Lara Kozan and every time I talked about the event I would get excited, my heart would expand and every cell in my body was a BIG yes. I know speaking, serving and igniting women is my soul’s purpose.
But it doesn’t matter how much clarity you have in one moment because in the next moment your fears can take a hold of that joy and try to keep you small. Especially when you are stepping into a new expansive space. The ego loves to keep you small.
As I was writing the content for Being Woman I would go from moments of flow to paralyzing thoughts like “do you even know what you are talking about” and “none of what you are sharing makes sense” or “none of this is going to be of any value”. I would start to believe them, feel deflated, want to rip up everything I’d written and questioned why I was even doing this.
(In the book The Big Leap – Gay Hendricks refers to this as Upper Limiting)
Good thing the workshop was already scheduled and people were registered because no matter how loud that voice was there was no way I was going to back down. I had to get a grip of those fears, feel them and move through them.
In the past my fears would have got the best of me before even committing to the workshop. I would have over analysed the fact that I had to create my share of 8 hours of content, my fears would have got a hold of that and said “who do you think you are?” you’ve never spoken for longer than 45 minutes, you won’t be able to do that.”
I realize now that fear and doubt don’t go away. The secret is in learning to manage your fears so they don’t manage you. And knowing the gift of expansion, growth and success is on the other side of the fear.
4 Steps To Shift Fear And Drop Into Trust
Below are some methods I have used to shift the fear funk and surrender myself into trusting:
- Give yourself space. Sometimes that means a little temper tantrum or a pitty party for one and then reel it back in before it gets out of control.
- Shake things up. Take a break from whatever you’re working on and literally shake things up. Turn on the music, have a little dance party, open up the windows to get some fresh air flowing. Go outside and walk in the grass. This break can be minutes or hours – trust yourself you will know what you need.
- Connect with your vision. Why are you doing what you’re doing? How is what you’re doing being of service to others and making an impact on your personal why? Reflect on your purpose and intentions.
- Take some time to reconnect. What are the tools you know that reconnect you to with your intuition? Meditate, do some breathing, ask for help from your guides, read a passage or page from book that inspires you.
Two days before the event I still wasn’t exactly sure where I was going to go with the content. I had the entire day of notes mapped out but I wasn’t feeling it. I finally said “This is out of my hands. I need to go with what is here. I have nothing else. I trust it will all work out.”
The next morning I woke up with more trust in myself and the clarity followed the trust. I saw the connection between the stories and the points I wanted to make in a way that I wasn’t able to see before that moment.
When you trust yourself and choose to hold the space for what is possible each day you have no idea of the magic that will unfold on the stage of your life.
I would love to hear in the comments below how applying these tools helps you or additional tools you use to manage fear. If you enjoyed this post you can subscribe below to have any goodness I post arrive in your inbox.