Some Of The Greatest (and Scariest) Stuff
I didn't hear it while reading the New York Times or watching Barbara Walter's Most Fascinating People interviews. No, I actually heard it while crashing on the couch after making cereal for dinner and putting Greyson to early because it was one of THOSE days. Those long days. With my fuzzy slippers on and Remington laying next to us, Chris and I were watching one of the singing contest shows (well, I was watching, Chris was reading his favorite home improvement book). I had just tuned in to hear Ben Folds providing his feedback to a group that had just preformed... "Some of the greatest stuff we do is the scariest stuff we are about to do."
I think I said "AMEN" out loud. If he had said, "can I get a hell ya?!" I would have stood up and shouted back to the TV without giving it a second thought. Hands and hot chocolate in the air. :)
It's that time of year again. Over the next few weeks, I will be looking back and reflecting on 2016. What worked. What didn't. What goals were accomplished. What goals weren't. The things I learned, the mistakes I made, the victories I had, the challenges I faced. Going into this past year, one of my over arching goal was to live fearlessly... And this included running my business fearlessly. As I reflect on 2016, I have to agree with Ben Folds. Some of the things I was the most nervous and anxious about resulted in some of the greatest things and opportunities... Those times when I consciously made the decision to step out of my comfort zone... To do something before over thinking about whether I should ten more times, and changing my own mind. To not being afraid to saying no to things that wouldn't keep my priorities in their place and help shape the life I wanted to live. I wanted to act fearlessly. Not to say I wasn't fearful, but I didn't want that to stop me.
As I set my goals for 2017, I want to continue to hold close the reminder that despite being scared, nervous, and anxious, I need to press forward knowing that it is worth the risk for something greater. Someone once said if your dreams and goals don't scare you, they aren't big enough. I want to be nervous writing down my 2017 goals. I want to feel uncomfortable and step into a territory where I don't know if I will achieve some of my goals and if I do, I'll know it was because I took action despite fear being present. In the end, it will be well worth it when I look back at the end of 2017 and see what was accomplished, the relationships grown, the people served, the priorities protected and the memories made.
So here's to pouring another cup of coffee, taking a hard look at those goals and looking forward to starting the fresh new year in just a few weeks!