What would you do if you weren’t afraid?


I’m currently in the midst of many momentous changes in my life – personal, physical and professional, and have just re-read a book that conveys messages to me every time I devour it – ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson.

One of the many thought inspiring quotes in the book is ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ 

Change can be scary, it entails moving away from the familiar, comfortable place we know, and have known, for a period of time.

Of course without change there’s no growth, and if you keep doing what you’ve always done you’ll keep getting the same results (and eventually you’ll run out of cheese –which is a metaphor for whatever you’re clinging to!).  For some people that’s how they choose to stay stuck – they don’t desire to move forward and prefer to live in that comfy closet, however uncomfortable it becomes – they are the ‘Hem’ of the story, unable to see the bright side or possibilities of change.

My question would be ‘What do you need to let go of, and what do you need to hold on to?’, in order to feel that you are making the most of this precious thing called ‘life’?

We all have our particular personal dramas or stories from the myriad of experiences that have helped to shape who we are, what we react to and how we behave.  Some of these are helpful.  However, most of them aren’t, and they’re the ones that rule our unhelpful patterns and beliefs.

As Eckhart Tolle says in ‘The Power of Now’:

“Many people are in love with their particular life drama.  Their story is their identity.  Their ego runs their life.  They have their whole sense of self invested in it.  Even their – usually unsuccessful – search for an answer, a solution, or for healing becomes part of it.  What they fear and resist most is the end of their drama.  As long as they are their mind, what they fear and resist most is their own awakening.”

One of the many beauties of Holistic Life Coaching, that I’ve personally found, and experienced with clients, is being supported to recognise when you’re living in and acting out your drama.   By raising that awareness, you can choose to let it go and move on in spite of the fear you may feel, knowing there’s plenty more cheese out there if we can shift our mind-set and be open to change.

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