What a wild time to be alive, friends! I hope you’re prioritizing your own health and well-being. There’s so much stress and vitriol in the world, and if we let it consume us, it really will.
I read this quote this week and it really resonated with me. It can be really helpful to stop and articulate, with words (out loud or in writing, or even with imagery) how we’re feeling and what we’re fearing. Putting a name to it can make it easier to face.
Here are some of the things I’m fearing right now:
- I won’t build my business to the level I dream about
- I won’t be able to visit family and friends for a long time
- I won’t be able to attend my friend’s wedding
- I won’t be able to safely share my views & background and be my authentic self under our next administration
- I’m not doing enough to help the causes I care about
- My BIPOC and LGBTQIAA+ friends and those with disabilities (basically anyone that isn’t a white male, TBH) won’t be safe in the near future
Putting it down makes it clear that that’s a lot to navigate! No wonder I feel stressed sometimes, despite my healthy habits.
Here are some of the things I’m pursuing to clear my fears:
- Daily work on my business & accountability checks with my mastermind & mentors
- Weekly calls and video calls with friends and family, plus emails and text check-ins
- Daily and weekly work to encourage voting, educate those around me and assist anyone with questions
- Supporting the causes I care about, financially and with my time and energy
It’s so, so important to not only articulate what’s on our minds, but, when we’re in the right headspace, make a plan with concrete steps to feel better. If we’re feeling scared of the unknown, what’s one thing that’s within our control that we can make progress on? If we’re frightened that x might happen, what’s one step we can take that will listen the blow if it comes true?
For instance, if we’re afraid that a wildfire could burn our house down, we should pack an emergency bag & create a plan.
If we’re afraid of the outcome of an election, we should vote and encourage our friends to do the same, and lend our support to the causes and people we care about if we’re able to do so.
We can’t eliminate the possibility of the things we fear, in many cases, but we can eliminate the fear by tackling it head on with the pursuit of new things, as Susie Moore says. Taking concrete steps feels good, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Can you relate to any of these? What is one thing you can do today to face your fear?