Do It Afraid

photo credit: m-c via photopin cc

photo credit: m-c via photopin cc


Have you ever wondered what you could do if you weren’t afraid? Joyce Meyer says, “Do it afraid.” Have you ever wanted to do something so big, but didn’t take a chance because you were scared, or thought, “There’s no way I can do this”?

This was the beginning of my prince’s speech at his eighth grade graduation in May. Because I helped him write his speech, I asked his permission for me to re-write it to share with you. He gave me the thumbs-up, so put your seatbelt on and enjoy the ride …

All my life I’ve had mentors and sponsors, people who’ve taken me under their wing and have flown WITH me. I’m so grateful to have had that kind of support because it’s pushed me. To this day, I’m constantly challenging myself to not only meet their expectations but surpass MY expectations.

But it isn’t easy. And sometimes it seems I’m living a lie. It feels like I’m ALWAYS afraid. In fact, I’m scared to death. Strangely, that’s the way I like it, I guess; it means I’m perpetually striving for bigger and better. Keep your eye on the prize, Melissa.

Unfortunately, my experience with mentoring in the corporate arena has been rocky. I excuse it to the recession. People have become so competitive and clingy to their jobs that they fear sharing their knowledge or helping others because THAT produces the potential for student-surpasses-teacher results. Oy. I get it … and I don’t.

“I always tell our athletes that the higher up you go, the more hot air you are going to encounter. Get negative people out of your life and surround yourself with those who are not only supportive of your goals and your progress, but can actually help to set you up for more success.” – Eric Cressey, Cressey Performance

I do, however, count the rocky challenges as mentoring opportunities, too. They certainly taught me something. And I was forced to learn the hard – sometimes very hard – way. They did challenge me to make goals. They did challenge me to assess every move I made.

They did challenge me to do it afraid.

We’re so lucky to live in a time when so much opportunity is not only possible, but encouraged every day. Our supporters – whoever they may be, even the “haters” – have taken the time to inspire us, challenge us and arm us with excellent resources.

Whatever it is you want, do it afraid. That’s the magical place where DEVELOPMENT happens.

Stretch yourself. Take chances and realize you won’t succeed at everything you try. Sometimes you’ll fail, so power up your prayer warriors and positive inner circle of friends, and get going. As long as you stay focused on your goal, you’ll meet it (or beat it!).

So, what would YOU do if you weren’t afraid? Scare yourself into it and DO IT.

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