With Halloween fast approaching this week, there is a lot to be afraid of. The houses around my neighborhood are festively decorated with headless horsemen, floating ghosts, and ghastly jack-o-lanterns. Amidst all the “terror” that is designed to spook us on Halloween, I started thinking about all the things we experience everyday that are designed to scare us away from taking the next steps toward success.
The Wrong People
There are too many people out in the world that seem as if they were placed in our path solely to stop us. You know who they are – the naysayers, the down-talkers. They are the ones who are too afraid to take the leap themselves, so they deter anyone else from doing it as well. There’s even the people who have found success and strive to prohibit others from finding it for themselves, much like the Queen Bees we learned about earlier in the year. These people are riddled throughout our path to success, but we can’t let them stop us. Don’t be frightened away from your own goal because it’s not someone else’s or because someone says you can’t do it. It’s all the more reason to prove them wrong.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “Why would I shy away from a good opportunity?” But more times than not, it’s the good ones that scare us the most. We tell ourselves that it’s too good to be true, or all of a sudden we feel really comfortable with the path we’ve been on and decide that maybe this new opportunity isn’t the right one. We find reasons not to seize it when, more often than not, we should jump in with both feet. Don’t let the unknown scare you away from taking a leap forward.
Oftentimes, we are our own worst enemy. We see so many people out there being successful in their own ways or maybe even in ways we’d like to emulate. Somehow, we justify all the reasons why we can’t do this or be that. If it was anyone else, you would advise them to take the chances head on, or believe in yourself because you’re capable of so much. But when it comes to telling ourselves the same information, it just doesn’t seem that easy. We are worth much more than we give ourselves credit for and we have to be okay with that. Gain inspiration from Marianne Williamson’s quote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” We are powerful beyond measure and we should never be afraid to use that as fuel to accomplish our goals, whatever they might be.
So, go get scared this Halloween. Freak out at a haunted house, turn off all the lights and tell ghost stories, and truly soak up a furiously fun and festive holiday. But as you’re frightened this Thursday by celebrating in whichever way you choose, be fearless on your path toward accomplishing your goals. There are plenty of Allies around to help you get there.