Erin Lanahan Method

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Breathing Courage In 2011 December 28, 2010

Good morning friends. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday thus far. It’s been so nice moving a little bit slower these last couple weeks hasn’t it? I am grateful for the time to breathe, reflect, and recharge. Something I wanted to talk about today is Courage. I heard a quote the other day that I LOVE…

“Courage is not having no fear at all, but feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”

Personally, this is a relief to me because I always feel fear. Fear comes up for me every time I go to train a client, before every coaching call with a client, every time I sit down to blog, when I think about all the changes I want to make regarding my business and website, and when I think about the future and visualize it being filled with abundance, prosperity, optimal health and well-being, my enchanted love, children, traveling the world, writing books, public speaking, and having multiple passive revenue streams through all the ways I choose to be creative and express my message with the world. I feel fear around these things because they are all things I want so badly and feel so passionately about, and I can feel this desire to have them and be good at them to my core, in the deepest part of my soul. There’s a powerful article on Tiny Buddha, called Cracking Your Comfort Zone: How To Face A Fear, and in this article, the author shares something he heard, that I find very helpful. He says “Fear is excitement without breath.” Wow! This totally resonates for me because when I am afraid, it’s usually because there is something I really want, and have never had, that requires me to do something I’ve never done. I immediately feel excited and then, I tense up all over and experience feelings of paralysis. Of course I do…I am not breathing, and the thoughts sound a little something like this… “But what if I can’t or don’t know how? What if this is just way to big for me? “Who am I? Do I really have what it takes? How can I possibly be smart enough or creative enough or talented enough? There’s way too many people out there who are already doing this better than I ever could,” etc, etc, you get the point. However, this gets me no where, and I cannot work from this place. Therefore, next time I feel fear, I am going to implement what this author was talking about. Instead of getting all carried away and caught up in those thoughts that do not serve me, I will observe them, reject them, and then breathe into the excitement that I am really feeling about becoming my expanded self, achieving and experiencing things that are all new to me. I may not know if I will or can do all the things my heart desires, but right now, I do know I CAN breathe and lean into the unknown with excitement and OXYGEN:-)

What are your fears? What plans do you have for your life, and what are some things that could support your vision this year? Are you afraid to step outside your comfort zone? We all are, but as long as we do it anyway, fear cannot hold us back. Please share your experiences and fears here with all of us. Your input is appreciated!

Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!





2 Responses to “Breathing Courage In 2011”

  1. Thank you for sharing your “fears” and your courage to breath through them. I too find myself in the same situation when it comes to a new challenge, new relationship (business & personal), or anything that is unknown. I too think “there are so many other people doing what I am doing” and carry those doubts. But for me, the difference is my determination, ambition and relentless effort that makes me push harder than the last time. When one has the heart and passion, as you and I do, for what he/she loves, there is nothing that can stop him/her!! I always say, the only person that can stop you, is YOU! We only stand in our own way whether we choose to see that or not. Most people don’t have that self awareness that brings them to the realization that it’s all on their shoulders. No one MAKES us do anything. We simply have the control and have the choice to do what we want. But most people live in fear and give others the power to distract them from their dreams and potential. And I’m no exception. I was distracted. But once I realized it, I sat myself down and did a lot of reflecting. From that moment on I made the conscious decision that I would be the one in control of my life. (Destiny and fate aside of course). But my point is, there is nothing to fear. And once we take that first step that is ever so hard, the rest comes as a wonderful surprise. It’s getting past that initial block and then not stopping. Giving up is way harder than trying.

    Thank you for this post. xo

    • Erin Lanahan Says:

      Yes, you are so right Adriana. I too have learned that life is happening FOR us. This is a consciousness and awareness that creates major shifts in our lives, because it means we understand that everything is a lesson, a gift, and new information for our highest use and good. If we take full responsibility for the outcome of our own lives, then the blaming stops and the learning and expanding begins. I loved this too, “breathe into our fears”, because we are all going to have them from time to time, especially when facing the unknown, so now we can have something practical to do when it comes up again. Thanks for your post…I couldn’t have said it better 🙂 xxoo

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