I’m at a point in my life right now where a lot of things are changing very quickly. Some things that I have been waiting a while for are starting to happen, and just as many random, unexpected things have come up, as well. Looking at the things I have ahead of me, I am realizing how much I have changed and grown as a person in a fairly short amount of time.
On Friday night, I called one of my good friends back home and had a chance to catch up a little bit. I made the comment to him that, whenever I finally get a chance to visit my hometown again (I haven’t gone back to visit in almost 2 years), people will probably be confused when they see how much my tastes and interests have changed since I last visited. I now absolutely love a lot of things that I never would have even tried in the past, because they were different. When the biggest influences in your life aren’t very adventurous, then you will also tend to not be very adventurous. When you’re on your own, there is nobody around to, in any way, suggest that you may not like something. You will be more likely to try new things.
When I think about the things I have to look forward to in my life in the near future, the first thing I think about is how much I would have been panicking a couple of years ago. The amount of change that is about to take place and the types of things I will be doing are things that would have absolutely terrified me in the past. I have learned, however, that 99% of the time, the worst case scenario only exists in our minds. It very rarely becomes reality. The fear of the unknown is something I am still trying to overcome, but I keep reminding myself that it’s something everybody goes through from time to time. I don’t intend for this to sound egotistical in any way, but I know that I tend to do a really good job with most things that I do in life. I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing right, so I try my best in the things I do, and I know, in the back of my mind, that I will do well. Although I know I am going to succeed in most situations, I still let doubts and fears into my mind. I suppose that’s normal though. I’m human… it happens.
Knowing that I have always feared things such as public speaking, or drawing attention to myself in any way, and I have almost always ended up doing a good job when the spotlight was on me, I have started to develop more confidence in myself and my abilities.
I really do believe that, if people would take more time to remind themselves of all of their past successes, then they would become more confident in all aspects of their life. If they spent as much time thinking about the best case scenario as they spend thinking about the worst case scenario, then they would be more willing to trying things that scare them or make them nervous.
If you play it safe in every situation throughout your entire life, then you can’t expect to have much success. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think you can expect to experience much happiness in your life either. Speaking from experience, the things that absolutely scared the crap out of me are the things that have led to the most happiness in my life. That is why I am so excited for the future right now. Things that I avoided as much as possible throughout my life are things I am now going to be doing on a regular basis. I have already seen some of the results of what is to come, and it’s exactly what I have always hoped for. If you keep doing the same things you’ve always done, then you’ll keep getting the same results you have gotten in the past. If you want different results, then you have to change the process that leads to those results.
You can live the life you want to live if you’re willing to make it happen. If you’re given the choice between something that is comfortable and familiar to you or something new and terrifying, step out of your comfort zone and try something scary. See what happens. See where it leads. See how it changes you. I can almost guarantee you will learn something new about yourself in the process. Within you is the ability to do really great things. You just need to bring out that greatness.
If a “scary” opportunity that will change your life presents itself, don’t run from it. Don’t hide in your comfort zone. Give it a try. Let it change your life. Just go for it!! You will never know how great your life can really be if you don’t take chances and try to make your dreams come true.