Do It Afraid!

Do It Afraid 2

“Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will”

What would you dare to do if you knew the outcome would be favorable or what you desired? Maybe you would write that book, go back to college, apply for that promotion, start that business, love your spouse without restraint, etc.

The fear of the unknown sometimes paralyzes us and keeps us from stepping out on faith and moving forward.

We sometimes focus so heavily on why we CAN NOT do something, that we do not take the time to think why we CAN do whatever it is that has been heavy on our heart to do.

Sometimes the simplest things teach us the best lessons. Recently I watched a cartoon called “Meet the Robinsons.” I recorded it for the kids, but it sure taught this adult a lesson.

This cartoon was about a little boy who almost missed out on the very thing he was hoping for because he was tired of failing. He was able to see a glimpse of his future and realized that if he just let go of the past and moved forward he would obtain that which he hoped to have.

We live in the real world and no one is going to come with a time machine and take us 30 years into the future like on the cartoon. However, I can tell you that you will never know if that thing you are hoping for will become a reality if you never try.

So “forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.” I do not know what the one reason is for you, but I encourage you to find that one reason, hold on to it and pursue that which you have been afraid to do.

I know there is something specific that God wants me to do. For so long the fear of failure made me afraid to take the first step. Yes, there are many things that could go wrong and there are many reasons why what I am attempting to do may not work, but I am not going to focus on that. In keeping with the quote, I will focus on the one reason why it will work. That reason is God told me it would and that is the only reason I need.

Does it mean you and I won’t be afraid as we move forward? No, there is a chance that at times you will “feel” fear, however you have to press passed it and keep moving forward.

MOVE FORWARD. DO IT AFRAID IF YOU HAVE TO, BUT DO IT! If you fail, learn from it and try again! I leave you with this, “I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.” -Robert H. Schuller

Here are a few quotes to help you move forward and do it afraid:
“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” Denis Waitley
“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” Michael Jordan
“Decide that you want it, more than you are afraid of it.” Bill Cosby
“Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goal than a mile of intention.” Dr. Steve Maraboli
“It’s always impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
“Never give up on your dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. That time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale
“Remember there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself; trust your choices and everything is possible.” Cherie Carter Scott
“Our greatest glory is not never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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Mistakeless Moments!

“Remember there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.” Cherie Carter-Scott

Years ago while an undergraduate at the University of Texas in Austin, I heard the quote “In life there are no mistakes only lessons.” Until today I never knew who said it, nor had I read the entire quote. Now that I have read the entire quote, I love it even more. This quote has always gotten me over a hump.

As a career woman I was successful and respected. Leaving a situation where I was respected to stay at home with my son was a difficult decision. As a career woman I “thought” I knew what it meant to be a stay at home mom. Honestly, I didn’t understand when I would hear my friends who stayed at home say, “I didn’t have time to do this” or “I didn’t have time to do that.” What do you mean you didn’t have time, for goodness sakes you stay at home, how hard could it be?? Now that I am on the other side of that statement, I know staying at home is not an easy job and is in fact a job!

There are some people in my life who see me staying at home as the easy way out, so for a second I wondered if I made a “mistake.” Then I was reminded of this quote and realized my decision was not a mistake, but an opportunity. An opportunity to be involved in my son’s life the way my mother was never able to be involved in mine because she had to work. I saw his first steps, heard his first words, and was there for his first fall. In the future, I will be there on the first day of school, join him on field trips, be involved in PTA, be a classroom mom, at the bus stop when he’s dropped off, and so on.

Does staying at home make me “better” than a working mom? Does staying at home make me “less” than a working mom? I say “no” to both questions. It doesn’t make me better than or less than, it makes me different.

As the quote says, I will trust my choice and embrace the lessons I learn on this journey. I want to encourage you moms who are at home with your children wondering if you made the right decision to TRUST your choice. Don’t wonder if it was a mistake. Embrace this opportunity for as long as you can and enjoy this “Jolly MOMent!”

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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