Day 19

If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.

Marissa Mayer

I hate it when Life is asking me to do something scary. Like anyone would be, I can be complacent and prefer the quiet, comfortable life. 

It’s okay to be scared. It means you’re about to do something really brave.

A couple of years ago, I had an idea for hosting my own podcast based upon StoryTeller and Listener. I got all jazzed, doing all the behind-the-scenes footwork. I created the site, the logo, made a YouTube channel playlist, wrote out my list of possible interviewees. I scripted the intro and outro…

And then it sat there. Doing absolutely nothing. 

For two years.

Because, well, I’m scared.

I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing, for one. And for another, the idea of putting myself out there is bigly, hugely overwhelming. I keep thinking of the myriad of ways this could go badly. There’s this voice in my head that hisses, “stay small, stay quiet, nobody wants what you have to offer anyway, this sounds like a lot of work, and besides… STAY SMALL.”

Which sounds really super tempting.

Dammit. 😦

Being scared is part of being alive. Accept it. Walk through it.

Robin Sharma

And yet, I can’t stop hearing this other voice, equally as loud and perhaps a bit more compelling, “you were born for this, that God-spark in you will be with you every step of the way, people love you and are going to benefit greatly from you putting yourself out there, and besides… AREN’T YOU CURIOUS AS TO HOW WELL THIS COULD BLOSSOM?”

Stop being so scared of the unknown and start being more scared of never knowing.


I don’t want to live my life “scared of”… I’m determined to move forward on this dream – not because I think Oprah is gonna notice (though THAT would be really cool!) or because I think I’ll be the next great podcast host (though, come on now, that would be delicious!) or even because millions of souls are going to heal via the sacred stories shared on the podcast (though, THAT would be brilliant and awesome and happy-happy-joy-joy!) I am going to set my feet on the ground and my ass in the host chair and press play on the laptop because I would rather mess up than miss out.

I would rather mess up than miss out.

Soooooo… what if I toss it out there and it flops? Time lost, some embarrassment, out some dough…

BUT what if I share it out there and it freakin’ skyrockets, or even has ten faithful listeners? Uhm, heck yeah! 🙂

One of the great discoveries someone makes, one of the great surprises, is to find he can do what he thought he couldn’t do.

Henry Ford

Bestie and I start most of our hair-brained, I’m-not-sure-this-is-such-a-good-idea adventures out with WTFN… ya know, why not?

Instead of thinking of all that could go wrong, start thinking of all that could go right.

By nature, I have always been curious. Insatiably curious. Which is why I think the podcast may do quite well. Questions, digging deep, holding safe space… easy and fun for me. Wondering aloud, asking gently, tenderly digging, inviting dreaming… ah, love it… these all come naturally for me. 🙂

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.

John Wayne

And so, today I am promising myself that I will set up the equipment and sit Husband and me down and press PLAY and get this party started. Focusing on all that could go so good, all the fun he and I will have together sharing our fun chemistry with the world, and watching something I dreamed of come to life… this will be my perspective. 

Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile… initially scared me to death.

Betty Bender

Saddle ’em up, my friends, and somebody gimme a “Yee-haw!”


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