A fantastically long excerpt that gripped me so much, I just need to put it up on my own blog…for repeat-reading!
Somehow I found the means to cast aside the endless chatter of the thinking mind. To be fair, fear retained a foothold of precious real estate in my consciousness. But I found the wherewithal to nonetheless move forward in the face of it. And ignore the often unbearable social pressures relentlessly driving to derail me. I focused on the heart. I relied on faith. I got comfortable with the uncomfortable. I embraced the mystery of not knowing what the next day might bring. And at every turn, I focused on how I could be of service to others. Because there is gigantic, undeniable truth in the edict that when you give, you get back tenfold.
As a result, I have somehow persevered. Broken through into a new life. An impossible astounding life beyond what I previously thought possible. Today, I’m a bestselling author. An in-demand public speaker. A popular podcast host. An accomplished athlete. A respected wellness advocate. And over the last year I have been paid handsomely to travel to exotic places I never imagined I would ever lay eyes on, investing in service and experience. Creating a legacy. And yes, I remain a happily married family man. But more than anything, I am content. Comfortable in my own skin, with a deep knowing that I am exactly where I am meant to be.
I’m not saying this to brag. Nor to suggest that you ignore real world responsibilities. Only to share that the limits we impose upon ourselves are generally illusory. And driven primarily by fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of the unknown. Fear of discomfort. Fear of financial insecurity. Fear of what others might think. All told, fear of everything.
And fear is not your friend. Not now, not ever. [Read more…]