June 7, 2016
Time To Get Your Lightsaber and Do It Afraid
Posted by: Nancy Skee
What if you woke up every day excited about your life and what you would be doing? What if you looked forward to going to your job even on a Monday? What if you could take just a little step that would enrich your life and lives of those around you? Would you do it if nothing were standing in your way?
I’m telling you that you can do it, and I’m also telling you that everything will stand in your way and make you afraid of doing it. That’s just how it goes; it’s a human thing to want to stay safe with what you know and to question your abilities when you're about to try something new.
You've probably taken steps to make a move toward something different, and you were filled with all kinds of doubts and fears that beat you down. I know the feeling because I had all those doubts and fears even as I was signing papers on the Inn (“What have I done?!!) - even though I knew I’d be honoring the skills and talents I’d been given.
When we were growing up, our Sundays were always reserved for family and company. After church Auntie Helen, or the Wysocks, or the Snecksers, or one of the relatives would come over and everyone would sit in the living room or in the back yard, and my mother would bring them drinks and they'd talk and laugh. We'd all have dinner and maybe later play cards and eat some more, or just talk again and laugh and have snacks.
She made them all so happy and comfortable in our home – I loved that feeling. Somewhere along the line I knew that that was what I wanted to be able to do for people: help them relax and have a good time and feed them good food and see them happy.
Here's the thing. When you make a move to do something different, you get a lot of opposition from people who don’t feel like doing something different themselves. That’s when the badgering starts:
- What if you lose all your money?
- What if you fail?
- What if you don’t know what you’re doing?
- What if you can’t get funding?
- What if nobody will help you?
- What if it doesn't work out?
When your support system puts these “helpful” questions in your brain, you have to knock them down like a Jedi Knight with the latest lightsaber. Jedis can be afraid, but they do their tasks afraid and that’s what you have to do, too. Battle it with your own, better scenarios:
- What if I grow my money?
- What if I don’t fail and become very successful?
- What if I learn about what I'm doing?
- What if I get the funding I need?
- What if everybody helps me?!
- What if it's awesome?!
You might remember from my blog post one of the financial stops put in my way on my quest to be an Innkeeper. That was only one of many Jedi battles. There will challenges and worries all the time even after you arrive. That’s how it is, so you just keep lightsabering them down until expecting a good turnout becomes second nature to your brain.
All of you are blessed with skills and talents and gifts that are just waiting to be acknowledged. Pray for direction and know that you are always being guided. When you screw up or are faced with opposition, it’s just to nudge you to the right path.
Love where you are now, but don’t be afraid to go for more. Your life was meant to be enriched and fully lived. Come and see me this summer and tell me about what you’ve always wanted to do. I can’t wait to hear about it.