Jump into a life lived with no regrets.
With my birthday coming up, I was trying to figure out the best way to celebrate. Birthdays have always been a special time for me as growing up my family made each one a big occasion. Because of that, I look forward the day. I use it to reflect on what I have accomplished in the past year, and focus on what I would like to achieve in my new birth year. To celebrate another year of life on this beautiful planet, I like to plan something unique. This year, I set an intention of what I envisioned doing on my birthday and, virtually overnight, the plans came together effortlessly. I am excited to be celebrating in the best way I can imagine: going on an epic road trip adventure with great company, exploring new places, and doing what I love… and on September 6 I will be exactly where I need to be.
This trip would and could not have happened if I had allowed fear and logistics to get in my way. For all of the reasons why I wanted to take it, there were reasons why I shouldn’t or couldn’t. When these thoughts popped up in my head my reason for rejecting them was always the same: I do not want to live a life fueled by excuses a.k.a. fear. I want to live a life with no regrets. My mindset has changed overtime from having to ask myself “why” to each opportunity that comes my way to “why not?”
I was not always so flexible in my decision-making and it lead me to feeling as though I wasn’t living life fully. Through the years, I have learned that taking risks is the only way I will accomplish my goal of living life to the max. I want to experience as much as I can on this planet while I am alive and to live with no “what ifs.” Hence, I have put together a list of three ways that you can start living fearlessly today.
3 Tips To Live Fearlessly
Say what you need to say, when you need to say it. This is a huge step to take. For many years, I was plagued with times I wish I had said something but had allowed fear to stop me. Having almost lost my father was one of my biggest life-changing events and it made me realize that our time on this planet is precious. Because life is short and can be taken at any time it is important to let those who you care about know how you feel about them. How often do you go through your day and not once tell someone you love how much you appreciate them? It can be easy in the routine of life to go ages without speaking to a loved one, letting a friend know you are thinking of them, or revealing your feelings to someone for whom who you care. You have the power to change that. Today, let one person you are thankful for in your life know how you feel about them.
Make a list and think BIG.
Think of one goal that you have always wanted to achieve but have made up many excuses to stop you. Write down the goal and, rather than focusing on the reasons why it can’t be done, write down the action steps that are necessary in making it happen—regardless of how big or small it is. Once you finish, you will have a have a master plan to work from that is less intimidating then when you started. Now imagine yourself in a state where you are experiencing what it is that you want accomplish and all of the feelings that would go along with achieving it. Feels amazing, right? Each day try to tackle one of the steps on your list while continuing to remember that sensational feeling. As a firm believer that anything is possible, any goal—regardless of size—can be achieved. Taking action with a plan can alleviate some of the fear associated with making your vision come to life.
Take baby steps daily.
This is the easiest way I have learned to live more fearlessly. Every day I have a goal that I will take at least one risk. It could be something as small as trying a new recipe or talking to a stranger, or taking a bigger risk, such as setting off on an impromptu journey with little plans other than with a mantra “don’t know, just go.”… which I have been accustomed to doing. It takes time to build up to feeling comfortable with the unknown but over time, it becomes easier to say “yes” when you could just let the voices of excuses in your head lead you to live a life of “nos.”
Living fearlessly does not mean I do not take all scenarios into account, or disregard basic logic or common sense. On the contrary, I have actually become more aware of the decisions I am making and their impact. As a result, the only thing scarier to me than the fears that exist in my head is the possibility that I might allow them to stop me from living life fully.
Cheers from another fearless adventure.
Happy risk taking!