Monday, June 17, 2013

June's Challenge, Confronting Fear

If you were not afraid, what would you do?

I know, it seems very strange to be talking about fear with body image issues. But I promise, they do go hand in hand. Most of us fear change, success, failure, not being good enough, or the great what if....?  We allow this fear to overwhelm or consume us. When fear takes a hold of us, it can begin to control every aspect of our life and grow into something larger.

I am not saying fear does not play a healthy role in our lives sometimes, because it can. It can stop us from doing really stupid things. However, fear is like other aspects in our lives, we need to find a balance between a healthy fear and the unrealistic fear keeping you from loving your amazing self and accomplishing your dreams.

You might have very good reasons to be afraid of your body. Maybe you were abused sometime in your life. Maybe you already tried something and it did not work out. Maybe there was some tragedy. I do not know what your reason is, but you do. These are all good reasons to be afraid, not like yourself. But, no reason is a good reason to allow fear to consume you, keep you from moving forward, from loving yourself.

What specific steps are you going to take to move on?
What do you need to let go of?
Put a name, face, place, something tangible to your fears. We fear the unknown, past, present or future. Until we can put something tangible with it, fear is even scarier. Once we have a grasp on it, we can begin to work through our fear, chisel away at it little by little and build confidence. Once we begin doing this, we begin to realize, it was not as scary as we thought it was, we build confidence and begin putting it behind us.

The first step is always the scariest, but I know you can do it. You do not want to sit on the side lines any longer. You want to go on and love yourself.

Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
Love yourself enough to change.
God bless,

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