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Approach Your Fears with Child Like Perspective

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Point to Ponder:
Are you a fearful person?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

I’ve always been of the mindset that children have it figured out. It stinks that we have to grow up and often times become jaded, cynical, insecure and obsess over our perceived pudgy legs and numbers on a scale. Children don’t worry about how many steps they take in a day or how many hours they spend exercising. Instead, they simply play — run, jump, spin and dance. They ride their bikes for hours, climb on the monkey bars and enjoy a high-calorie treat without feeling guilt. They stop eating when they are full, don’t talk about others, and without fear or doubt of what others think, they proudly proclaim what they want to be when they grow up, just as my five-year old nephew Cole did at his pre-school graduation when he announced that when he grew up he wanted to own a doughnut shop. Awesome!

Last week while finishing a hike and walking along the beach, I noticed a man, probably in his forties, standing alone in shin-deep water and jumping over every wave that came his way. Like a six year-old would do, each time a wave rolled in, he’d hop over it! It was the most playful, inspiring and refreshing sight. I watched him for several minutes and it was a great reminder that nature gives us everything we need to calm, invigorate and feed our body, mind and spirit. And what I loved so much about this guy was that while he was playing, he wasn’t worried or fearful about what those of us around him thought. In my opinion, the enormity and magnificence of the Pacific Ocean made his fears of what others might think insignificant, while also putting troubles and life stressors in perspective. At least that is what nature does for me. It swallows my doubt and fear and allows me to shine!

Robin Roberts, the always shining and inspiring co-anchor of Good Morning America, has a great line about doubt and fear in her book Everybody’s Got Something. She says:

“We all have doubts and fears. The thing about fear is that it only needs the tiniest space, the size of an eye of a needle, to get through and wreak havoc. Maddening, but true. So, when I was struggling in doubt, I would simply take the next small step. I would stop and think: No, life is not tied up with a beautiful bow all the time, but it’s still a gift. I’m going to tear away the wrapping paper like a kid at Christmas.”

What I love so much about Robin’s wisdom is that instead of running from her fear and doubt or dreading it, she sees it as a gift and looks forward to tearing into it to see what it is, just as a child would and just as Kayla Montgomery, the eighteen year old in the video below, who, despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclorosis and losing feeling in her legs when she runs and when her body heats up, was determined to not only run, but win! It’s their child-like perspective that has kept them curious, eager and willing to conquer their fear, doubt, and SHINE! What a great example for all of us!

Action Item:
This week, try facing situations with the fearlessness, playfulness and confidence of a child.

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Point to Ponder:
What is the best piece of wisdom you’ve ever received?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the great wisdom that was being tossed around in class last week and I devoured every word it! I don’t know whether it was coincidence, the law of attraction, or the concept of ‘what you put out you get back,’ but I found myself in abnormal situations all week where wisdom was being shared.  For example, on Thursday (the morning of our ‘ice storm’ that closed the schools – ha!), Good Morning America featured a story about #DearMe, a YouTube campaign created to empower young women where women share wisdom with their younger selves (be sure to watch the awesome video below).

Following the story (that I found empowering for women of all ages), the GMA cast shared their wisdom for their younger selves, and it was sooo good! Here’s what they had to say:

  • Robin Roberts: Relax and enjoy the moments more. There’s no need to be in a rush. Don’t worry so much about what people think, because what people say is none of your business. You are stronger than you think you are. When fear knocks, and it will, let faith happen. Listen to your mother.
  • George Stephanopoulos: 99% of the things you worry about don’t matter. Don’t stress out, let it go, be patient and it’s worth the wait.
  • Lara Spencer: Be patient and stop worrying about tomorrow. Live in the moment and appreciate it- actually learn from the experience. Perfection is over-rated.
  • Ginger Zee: It doesn’t matter- everything will work out. And, eating is good, so eat!
  • Amy Robach: Enjoy the ride and slow down. You don’t have to do everything perfectly and quickly. You can make mistakes. Enjoy the mistakes. Mistakes are the only way you grow. Stop beating yourself up. There’s no such thing as a mistake or regrets, they’re just chances you’ve taken.

Excitingly, I received so much great wisdom last week from our members and leadership team that we’ll continue to feature the wowing tidbits in the next several journals. So please continue to send me your wisdom and pass this journal along to your friends and family! It’s all powerful and important stuff and will strengthen, connect and grow our community.

I’ll leave you with a piece of wisdom I received from iGnite member, Delaine Teeple: “Keep your home safe, silly and simple.” Delaine sent me the above picture of herself with her daughter, at home, dressed up for the Academy Awards. Through shared wisdom, Delaine has been inspired to keep her home safe, silly and simple, hence — a family Academy Awards dress-up party!  Both Delaine and her husband got dressed up too. I love that so much 🙂

Check out the video #DearMe: Advice to my younger self

Action Item:
Reflect on the pieces of wisdom shared in this week’s journal — which ones strike a chord with you and why?

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