The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 2

The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 2

This is a continuation of Part 1.

4. It Can Make You Settle for Mediocracy

You know deep down you don’t want to settle. Everything in your body, mind and spirit tells you that you should not be satisfied with being mediocre, but you look at those around you and there is more mediocrity than not. So, you make yourself believe that being mediocre is good enough for you as well.

I have a client who is currently struggling with this. She is allowing fear to block her from reaching what she knows is greater for her. From saying she’s not qualified, doesn’t have enough experience (over 20 years), doesn’t know enough (holds a masters degree in the field) and just overall isn’t good enough.

She has put up blocks in all directions to prevent her from doing what’s necessary to move herself forward in her business, which would help to move her forward in her life. She was ready to succumb to just staying in mediocrity. But I refuse to grant her permission to live on that side of town.
 

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5. It Will Have You Choose What Is Easy Rather Than What is Best For You

How do I know so much about this? Because I’ve had to overcome a great deal of fear in my own life. Fear that was keeping me stuck and unable to move forward. A fear that was preventing me from living the divinely designed life that was awaiting me on the other side of it. I’ve had to face fears and trauma around writing, school, people and animals among other things. When I think back on it now, after overcoming so much of it, the memory is as if I was fearful of almost everything!

What a blessing it is to be free from most of these ailments. I refused to surrender my future to fear. And every time you allow fear to win, you are sacrificing the greatness of your future for the smallness of your fear.

Imagine if I allowed my fears to win. I would not have been able to help the thousands of people I have through the work I do. I wouldn’t be able to live with the freeness I do in my life today. And ultimately, I would not be able to live my best and highest life.
 

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I know what it means to have fears rule your life and what’s required to eliminate them by regular and consistent actions. When I get stuck, I just think of those whose lives and businesses have been changed through me truly showing up in the fullness of who I am in the world. A me without fear. And I am then strengthened to be able to push through again.

We can often do more for others than we are even willing to do for ourselves. So, if you need to think of your children, family, loved ones, legacy, whatever it takes for you to move, use it to push you through.

The world is awaiting you. And so am I, once you make it to the other side of your fear.
 

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 1

The Top 5 Reasons Why Fear Can Block You From Your Greatest Dreams In Business and In Life – Part 1

Where you want to go in your business or life is not about something external. It is solely about who and what you have to become to get there. I believe your greatest successes in life can be found on the other side of your greatest fears.

1. It Can Be Paralyzing

Fear is a great equalizer. It can stop some of the most amazing people from living their greatest lives. Fear can transform otherwise very successful people into accepting a reduced version of themselves, solely based on fear.

What have you allowed fear to block you from doing in your life? And are you currently taking the necessary steps to overcome it?

One of the toughest issues in dealing with fear is the paralyzing effect it can often have on those it possesses. This great paralyzer will thwart your efforts, wants and actions – causing you to deny and seize all desires to move forward.
 

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2. You Are Unwilling to Confront It

Have you ever wondered what makes some people conquer their biggest fears but not others?

We all have experienced fear in some area of our lives. Some a bit more than others, but we all know the human experience of fear and what it brings with it. Some people face fear head on, while others bury their heads in the sand and won’t face it at all.

What we know for sure is that if you are unwilling to confront it, fear will overtake you and you will never overcome it.

The world is filled with countless people who wish they would have the courage to face and overcome the fear that controls so much of their lives. But that requires them to take the first steps to acknowledge and face it. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
 

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3. The Presence of Arrogance

Arrogance can often be found as an element of fear. How does it show up you may ask? It can show up as a defensive mechanism to hide the fact that fear is even present.

It has been said that a smart man knows when to ask for help. But when you are consumed with arrogance, asking for help is not something you are remotely interested in doing. Instead of being consumed with what you think people may think about you, stay focused on what can be manifested in your life if you simply ask for the help that you need to overcome the fear that is blocking you from moving forward.

Continue to Part 2 here.

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A Woman’s Worth

A Woman’s Worth

The worth of a woman was a very interesting topic when I was asked to be a part of the Santita Jackson and Friends Show earlier this week. Santita Jackson is the oldest daughter of civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson. The show was taped at the legendary Rainbow Push Headquarters in Chicago.
 

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While I was thinking about what we would discuss during the taping, I started to ponder the title of the program and the value that women have in our society.

In many cases, women are devalued and considered less than in lots of societal terms. We are paid less than men. We are victimized at higher numbers across the board. There are countless examples of all the areas in which there are reduced images and thoughts of us.

But I am so grateful that my personal value is not attached to societal norms nor opinions. My value has been instilled in me by my parents and my dignity is grounded in the essence of who I am. No images on television, lyrics in the latest rap song nor words from any man or woman can change what I know to be the truth about who I am.
 

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But what about all those who do not know their value? Those who were not fortunate enough to have two parents to instill such beliefs in them where what they think they are is directly tied to the reduced versions of who they were told they are by society. By the limiting thinking, capacity and shortcomings of others, an abundance of girls and women have been painted false perceptions of themselves.

It is the job of us all to speak life into girls and women at all levels and in all ways in our society.

They need us. We may be the only positive reinforcement that many of them will ever receive.

Click here to watch A Woman’s Worth episode of the Santita Jackson & Friends Show.

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My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 2

My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 2

This is a continuation of Part 1.

One of my favorite places in Asheville was the Wake Foot Sanctuary. This was a fabulous foot spa. All things around peacefulness, relaxation and serenity greet you when you enter this uncommon space. While my feet were being focused on by the wonderful attendant who was bathing and massaging them, I was busy attending to the lovely cookies and hot tea I was served during the service. Afternoon tea while having my feet cared for. It doesn’t get much better than that!
 

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After the foot sanctuary, we had lunch at Capella on the 9, which is on the rooftop of the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. This restaurant was recommended for its wonderful city views. Rooftop venues are often very cool places to see the aerial view of the city and to get the city’s vibe.

My absolute favorite restaurant I went to was no surprise – Asian! Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas was amazing! This had to be the best restaurant I’ve gone to in a very long time. Each and every item was better than the last. Their tapa sized plates were absolutely scrumptious! If for no other reason, I will return back to Asheville just to eat there again. Simply delicious!!!

But I will also be returning to Asheville to do the tour at the famous Biltmore Estate. I went to the grounds while there, but didn’t have enough time to do the tour.

One of my very favorite things to do when I’m in a new place is to check out the real estate. As a real estate broker and investor, I just couldn’t come through Asheville without seeing at least a slice of what their real estate market had to offer. So before leaving, I stopped to see some gorgeous mountain homes and spent some time with a local broker to learn all about the lay of the land for their market.
 

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When I return for my next trip to Asheville, I will spend more time exploring the real estate market there as well as uncover some of the hidden treasures I may not have been able to find during my first 24 hours there. Although short in time, the experience of being in Asheville will last a lifetime. And between not experiencing a place or just being there for 24 hours, I will take only 24 hours in a new city every time!


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My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 1

My Travel Series: 24 Hours in Asheville – Part 1

I am kicking off my 24-Hour Travel Series. It’s wonderful to be able to go on vacation for a week or two, but sometimes due to time or finances, that just can’t happen. Over the last several years, I have experienced and learned about the power of just going away for 24 to 48 hours. And how magical such an experience could be.

Typically, when I think of a vacation, I think of being away for five or more days where I don’t have to work, check email and/or take phone calls. Although those types of trips can be fabulous, sometimes they are just not doable for a variety of reasons.

So, I’ve learned how to break away and experience the gift of a new place and new environment in a short amount of time. Over the next several months, I will be doing some travel features on just spending 24-48 hours maximum in a featured city.
 

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Asheville, North Carolina is my first stop for the series. I literally spent 24 hours there and it felt like it was a few days. I heard about the beauty and uniqueness of Asheville for years, but never made it a destination for me. I’ve driven past it on my way to Tennessee, but never had the time to stop there until now.

I am a lover of the mountains so it was a wonderful city for me to explore. I have been looking forward to seeing all of what Asheville had to offer, but since my flight was delayed for nearly 2 days, and I only had a few days available for the trip, I was forced to make the best out of my 24 hours there.
 

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Although I didn’t have time to tour their biggest attraction – the Biltmore Estate (I will come back for that) – I did experience some fabulous finds in this unique city.

Continue to Part 2 here.


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