How many times have you really gone out on a ledge? Could be literal, could be figuratively speaking. Out on a ledge?
I make it a point at least once a month to really go out on a ledge…take a risk, be bold in some way that stretches me out of my comfort zone.
Last month it was letting go of some limiting beliefs and becoming more visible on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. For many of you this may be nothing. For this non-techno woman, this is big. Gulp.
In the month of September, my going out on a ledge was getting past fears associated with an old injury. I spent a day on horseback, riding up and down a Colorado mountain trail. Uber scary to literally be on a mountain ledge, entirely having to trust my four-legged partner to know the way safely to the other side. Gulp. Do it twice, once up, once back. Double gulp.
You know what? I love what I’ve learned by going out on a ledge. I continue to learn about trust. Trusting myself, trusting others. I also love the exhilaration of moving to the other side of fear. Inhale trust. Exhale fear. Inhale trust. Exhale fear.
This month? It’s being even more visible…offering a free teleclass about the Wisdom of Retreat on November 11th–and 9 other free offerings. This feels edgy, like going out on a ledge. What if I am rejected? What if no one takes me up on the free offers? What if, what if, what if? Perhaps you can relate to this mind chatter which I like to refer to as monkey mind or the distractor. I recognize that every time I am stretching out of my comfort zone and the comfort zone of my brain, this will happen. Monkey mind will kick in. It’s one of my indicators I’m going out on a ledge again. Dr. Susan Jeffers, PhD. authored a helpful little book entitled, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Exactly.
Here in the U.S. this is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite of celebrations as it is about sharing and gratitude for the abundance in our lives. The freebies represent this for me. My freebies, my sharing, they are a “get to”, not a “have to.” I get to share. I get to inhale trust. Exhale fear.
All together now, Inhale trust, Exhale Fear. Meet you on the ledge!
Retreat Coach Michelle Burns | Design Your Destiny