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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost : Part V

Recently I traveled from Scottsdale, AZ to Boston, MA.  The trip took me approximately 6 days and I covered roughly 2600 miles.  As I was driving I realized there were quite a few similarities between various life lessons about confidence and my experience making the trek across the country.

This move meant so much more to me than just changing my geographical location and heading back to my hometown because in so many ways I also felt it was an expression of my own coming home to myself.  I decided to make significant changes in my business in addition to the significant change in my latitude and longitude and I honestly couldn’t be happier.

I decided to compile my thoughts in a five part blog series entitled Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost : Life Lessons on Confidence (from a cross-country road trip).  

This is Part V: 

8. It’s Hard to Take Risks When You Don’t Feel Safe

Day 1 of my journey consisted of Arizona and New Mexico.   If you’ve been, you know -- there ain’t a whole lot there.  In fact, there is so much nothingness that I lost cell service for more than two consecutive hours.  Nothing, nada, not one lone little bar popped up; just a seemingly permanent “No Service” sign on my screen.  

To say I was scared would have been an understatement.  The first moments were amusing but by the bottom half of two hours, I was genuinely frightened.  My thoughts turned from adventure seeking to thinking about sleeping in my car for the night and if desert animals would eat a 33 year old female and her precious pup?  I felt like I was using gas faster than normal (I wasn’t really but a frightened mind exaggerates things) and began somewhat frantically searching for a gas station.

Eventually though, I got through the desert, service was returned to my phone, and I found a gas station.  Fast forward to Day 2 and realized I was getting low on gas.  “I’ll be fine” I thought.  “I can fill up once I get to the hotel”.  As soon I had that thought I realized something. 

It’s hard to take risks when you don’t feel safe and taking risks is a huge part of building confidence because we have to show ourselves that we’re capable of doing the thing(s) we think we cannot do (but really really want to).

Almost 100% of my trek across New Mexico was fear ridden and when we’re frightened, we automatically go on high alert.  Our natural instincts kick in to try and protect us and with that we amplify everything so that we’re fully prepared.  By the time I got to Oklahoma though and had full cell service, I was back to feeling adventurous and excited.  

So my question is, where could you give yourself more support with the intention of creating a safety net of sorts from which to leap?  Remember, we can take beneficial healthy risks when we feel safe to do so, so if the net is there you’re more likely to do even just a little bit of the thing you want to do but are just too scared to do (yet).     

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9. Full Expression of Emotions Means Confidence in Every Situation

There were times during the trip that I was not comfortable, that I got hungry but didn’t have food with me, or had to pee but the next rest stop wasn’t for 109 miles.  Those times were not fun.  Did I complain?  Hell yea!  Did I get annoyed at myself that I should’ve just stopped at the last rest stop?  100%! 

But did I let myself stay there?  Not a chance in hell.  

Why?  Because if I had then the entire trip would’ve been ruined.  I was in a car for (almost) 7 days straight.  If I had stayed in that frustrated space (or snowballed into something worse) I never would have made it.  

The same is true with confidence.  Of course there are moments where you feel more afraid or unsure than you’d like.   

Is it ok to go to that space?  I believe absolutely.  If we don’t express our emotions then we lose confidence in who we are as humans and our ability to communicate emotion in a productive way.  We need to be able to express ourselves fully and that means acknowledging the negative, doubtful emotions.  

But only enough to express your thoughts and feelings and expel that excess energy.  And then you need to move on.  I say this coming from the space of someone who used to regularly dwell on negative emotion.  I would brew and stew and ruminate until the next negative feeling came along and then I would add it onto the first thing and snowball it into one giant sob fest.

It wasn’t until I realized that staying with the negative, doubtful emotion for too long was the problem.  By believing that I either had to be 100% happy (or 100% miserable) I was preventing myself from experiencing a full range of feelings which made me feel like I was about to burst at the seams and in turn made me significantly less confident about my abilities to handle myself in different situations.   

Could you use a moment to vent?  Me too.  Set a timer for three minutes with the intention that you’re going to write or talk your heart out but then move on with your day.  When the timer goes off, take a moment to reflect on how you feel then acknowledge that those thoughts and feelings don’t define you and use that awareness to step forward into a space that benefits you instead of drains you.   

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost : Part III

Recently I traveled from Scottsdale, AZ to Boston, MA.  The trip took me approximately 6 days and I covered roughly 2600 miles.  As I was driving I realized there were quite a few similarities between various life lessons about confidence and my experience making the trek across the country.

This move meant so much more to me than just changing my geographical location and heading back to my hometown because in so many ways I also felt it was an expression of my own coming home to myself.  I decided to make significant changes in my business in addition to the significant change in my latitude and longitude and I honestly couldn’t be happier.

I decided to compile my thoughts in a five part blog series entitled Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost : Life Lessons on Confidence (from a cross-country road trip). 

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This is Part III:

5. Your Body Always Knows Best

I quickly realized that spending my days on the road was not something that I wanted to do more of than I needed to so I mapped out an exact route with a detailed plan of when and how I would arrive.  So detailed that there was a moment in the beginning where I didn’t want to stop (outside of my planned bathroom breaks).  

After enough wiggling and wriggling (from myself .. and the dog), it became apparent on one leg of the trip that we just needed to make time for an extra break.  I found the next safest stop and pulled over so we could stretch our legs and relieve our bladders.  As we got back in the car, I told myself that the break was necessary and we’d just have to make up for the “lost” time on the next leg.  But then I remembered my promise of consistency (aka #4).  Instead of speeding up, I turned the cruise control back on and kept my speed at an even keel through the remainder of that day’s travels.  And ya wanna know what?  We arrived on time.  

My takeaway when it comes to building your confidence?  Listening to your body is good for the soul and actually helps to build the confidence to trust yourself.  In New Mexico I had created a well designed and easily implementable plan but the reality of being on the road meant that I was forced to listen to myself and my body’s wants and needs as they presented themselves.  

Here’s the thing.  Confidence is doing the things that you’re afraid to do but deep down really want to but it’s also about having the courage to be yourself in a world where everyone else is trying to put you in a box of some sort.  So I leave you with this:  where you can tune into yourself a little more today?  What is your body trying to tell you that you could acknowledge and take on action on?        

6. It’s.  All.  Relative.     

Lemme give you an example.  The first day of the trip I did 6.5 hours, give or take.  I was tired when I got to the hotel but as soon as I settled in, caught up on some work and rested a bit, I started thinking “but I could be driving, I’m not *that* tired”.  

Cue to Day 2 where I decided to go from Albuquerque, NM to Tulsa, OK.  That’s a 9 hour drive, but remember, “I could be driving” .. so I decided to make the trek and a 9 hour drive quickly turned into a 10.5 hour trip and Tulsa, OK was beginning to look like a great FINAL destination. 

On Day 3, I decided to pace it out and promised myself that it was OK if we arrived to the hotel with enough time to eat and relax before collapsing into bed (who knew driving could be so exhausting?!).  The drive ended up being about 6 hours long and felt like a total breeze.  

Takeaway?  It’s all relative.  The thing you feel scared to do now will feel like nothing at this time next year if you learn how to build the confidence to do it right now.  But if you wait and hem and haw and put it off, it’s likely to feel even bigger than it does now the next time you circle back to it.  

Is there something in your life that feels overwhelming to you right now?  Maybe like it’s too much to handle or take on?  Can you reframe it?  Can you put it into context next to something bigger?  (And in no way am I trying to say that what you’re trying to accomplish or are going through is small potatoes, but it can be enormously helpful to put everything into context of other things.)  When we focus on just the singular event we are more likely to create stories in our mind that may not be 100% accurate but when placed in context next to other events/situations/people or experiences, it’s easier to see that everything is always all relative. 

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One Thing That Will Make Everything Easier

I felt called to go LIVE on Sunday evening because I just couldn’t stop thinking about this thing.
This one thing that has made every last bit of difference in my world and I am being so serious when I say, has literally made EVERYTHING in my life easier.  

And who doesn’t want easier?  Nobody, that’s who.  So what is this thing?  Read on to find out ...  
 

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