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what’s stopping you?

by now you have certain instinctual reactions to things in life based on nature and the experiences of your past.  some of these reactions are based on positive emotions while others are rooted in the more negative ones.  and it is usually the negative ones that prevent us from doing certain things in life.  after all, many of our negative emotions are there to protect us.  for example, without fright you might try to pet the wild tiger instead of run from it.   but those emotions can sometimes deceive us.  

those negative emotions are sometimes doing their job when it isn’t necessary.  they sometimes try to protect you when you don’t need to be protected.  sometimes those feelings are unjustified.  and it is those times, when you respond to unsubstantiated emotions, that you will fail to make “it” happen, and therefore miss out, because you didn’t follow through on…  starting that business…sending the email…allowing yourself to love and be loved…going on that interview…making that career change…or taking that leap.  

next time your instincts try to protect you from doing something “risky” (besides standing in front of a loaded a gun) think about it.  is it as risky as it seems?  is your fear justified?  do the costs really outweigh the benefits?  if not, turn upside down, take your hands off the wheel, and let loose.  seriously, what’s stopping you?  

my upside down zip line ride in costa rica

my upside down zip line ride in costa rica

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3 Responses

  1. first of all – i’m jealous @ this whole costa rica thing.

    what you say rings SO very true, though. it’s amazing that, even for those of us who claim not to care what others think, the fear of looking bad, failing, upsetting someone, not impressing those whom we admire, etc. keeps us from doing far too much.

    i think though, that part of this has to do with the strength (even the existence of) our support network. there will always be haters, but i’ve learned to start building up the right network of people who won’t let me do something silly, yet not let me back down in the face of “hateration”. i suspect that there are many others out there lacking such support groups…

    • Detavio says:

      ha. don’t be jealous amandamichelle! and you are definitely right that our support network is a critical factor. sometimes its good to have that network there to push you when you forget to push yourself. i’m doing my best to push those in my circle who are scared and frightened by this economic crisis. let me know if you need pushing… 😉 oh, and don’t be afraid to push me if you think i need it.

  2. dude, i *always* need pushing. i have no problem offering a push, tho’. 🙂

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