Oprah's advice on overcoming fear

Let’s play a game, shall we? Let’s pretend for a moment that no matter how hard you tried, you could not fail.

Then what? What would you do? Where would you go? How would you live?

It’s the question I started out with when I wrote my forthcoming ebook, Break Out of Your Box, which encourages people to finally take a leap and live their most awesome life.

Fear can be stifling. It keeps us trapped in unhealthy habits that do little but keep us prisoner to a life we often times don’t want.

I certainly know a lot about that. After years of wishing, wanting, and praying for a different life, I was stuck in a job I was too scared to get out of until I finally couldn’t take it anymore.

But taking chances is hard and downright frightening. It’s hard to step outside of our fear and try something different. It’s scary to go from the known to the utterly unknown. But taking a leap (yes, sometimes even before you can see what’s below) is the only way to change your life.

There’s a quote from Oprah Winfrey that I love. She says:

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”

I have been thinking a lot about the things I’ve been too scared to do: Publishing a book, picking up le kid and moving to another country, unschooling, falling in love, trusting myself.

While I’ve been living my dream and writing full time, I’ve left several other ambitions on the table because I’ve been afraid.

And it seems weird to even think about picking up and moving to another country, for example, when my income is still unstable (at least this is what I tell myself), but then I marvel at so many others who have done it (like Lainie Libert) and couldn’t be happier despite not having every, single, thing worked out. And I say to myself,  I wish that was me.

But why can’t it be me?

It is possible.

Everything is possible.

We just have to believe.


Is fear holding you back? Leave a comment and let me know how being afraid has played a role in your life. 

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