Lesson #2

Lesson 2: When in doubt, just take the next small step.
This one is a doozy. Doubt is a crippling emotion, a fear that is not easily overcome. And perhaps the hardest thing that someone can tell you to do when you are fearful and in doubt is to take a step. So this piece of advice could be really scary.
However, I truly believe that it is the right thing to do. How many times in your life have you been at a crossroads of what to do, and you have just decided to take a deep breath and go for it? How did that make you feel? That little step indeed may have made you walk through hell to get to where you are now, but doesn’t it feel good to know you survived? Maybe you’re going through the rough part now. Look back to when you decided to take that step, to not let fear hold you back. It relates to the idea of “Do one thing each day that scares you.” If you live by this, you don’t let fear hold you back. It’s about taking that “next small step” every day.
Being cautious is a safe way of living, and in many situations, it’s probably a good thing. Your mother being cautious and telling you to wear a hat outside in the winter when you have wet hair is a good thing. But being overly cautious can cause you to miss out on life experiences that you are being called to participate in. When you are presented with an opportunity and “think” your way out of it, then maybe you are getting in your own way.
A healthy dose of knowing what is good in your gut is a healthy thing, and a blessing in itself. Your gut is probably right. But letting your mind get in the way of your life is not beneficial.
Taking a small step isn’t much, but it is significant. It’s a step, on a journey, to figuring out who you are.

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About Christina Moore

Originally from Portland, Maine, I now live in Chicago and work with extraordinary nonprofit organizations to help them champion their individual causes. My heart is in the 207, and my feet are on the ground in the 312. Enjoy readmoore!
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