The Safe Zone

If you’re moving forward but not experiencing a little fear, maybe you’re staying in the safe zone, the no fear zone…maybe you’re not risking enough.

Or maybe, instead of actually moving forward, you’re moving in circles, stuck in the same place, in the safe place.

You don’t have to expect fear on your way to purpose, but you have to recognize when you are experiencing fear so fear doesn’t stop you.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“…once we discover [what we are called to do] we should set out to do it with all of the strength and all of the power that we have in our systems.” ~

Martin Luther King, The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life, a sermon delivered at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago on April 9, 1967.

 

Inhale Risk, Exhale Resistance…
Inhale Fear, Exhale Inaction…
Inhale Possibilities, Exhale Stagnation…
Just Breathe

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#JustBreathe

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Untethered

I had visited the University of Alabama campus many times with friends, but the first time I went to stay, my parents drove me. After that, my younger sisters and I would pack up the station wagon and make the trek to Tuscaloosa, about 2.5 hours away. There were long stretches of just trees…sometimes we wouldn’t leave in time to make the round trip in daylight…cell phones were a thing of the future…

Now my youngest sister, who was possibly 10 when she used to ride along, characterizes our trips as risky, even crazy.

Yet I don’t remember us being afraid…

Children learn to navigate risks—not through discussions or TV shows—but by actually taking risks.” ~ Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders.

Inhale Risk, Exhale Timidity…
Inhale Fearlessness, Exhale Hesitation…
Inhale Independence, Exhale Inaction…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

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Risk Love

Our move to Scott AFB in southern Illinois was the sixth move for my sixth grader and probably the most stressful. In addition to the general meanness of girls on the cusp of junior high, my daughter experienced the isolation of being the new kid, and not just any new kid, but the child of a military member always facing the possibility of being reassigned to a new location.

As one mother explained, it was difficult for these elementary school kids, who had known each other since first grade, to open their hearts to someone who might not be around in a couple of years.

They were too young to know that to love is to risk loss.

You have to be willing to lose in order to win. In love. In Life. In everything you’ll ever do.” ~ Evan Sanders, The Better Man Project

Inhale Love, Exhale Defensiveness…
Inhale Risk, Exhale Protectiveness…
Inhale Loss, Exhale Insecurities…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Love

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No Fear

Isn’t it interesting how fearful we get the minute we attract exactly the experience we say we want? We start to doubt it, question it, wonder why we’re actually experiencing what we’re experiencing and how on earth we’re going to keep it experiencing it.

Or … is that just me? Okay… deep breaths…

Let us realize that engagement and detachment aren’t opposite-the more engaged we become, the more detached we will have to be…” ~ Deepak Chopra

Inhale Vulnerability, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Risk, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Engagement, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

#JustBreath

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Risk Adverse

I write a lot about the struggles we face on the way to being who we are purposed to be…those experiences we experienced as negative when they happened that turned our lives around; the choices we made that taught us what wouldn’t work; the tremendous effort expended that didn’t turn out as expected but showed us what we were capable of.

Yet as parents, we often try to shield our children from these very experiences, which enable their development…to their and our detriment…

Children learn to navigate risks—not through discussions or TV shows—but by actually taking risks.” ~ Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders.

Inhale Risk, Exhale Suffocation…
Inhale Adversity, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Development, Exhale Strangulation…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
Development

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Helping…or Hurting?

I’m a helper.

Whether it’s fitness or leadership or team dynamics or logistics, when I see individuals or organizations struggle, I often want to offer my expertise. But in the gym, I learned that the “correct form” does not look the same for every body; as a mom, I’ve learned that even the best advice might be ignored if it’s unsolicited, and since becoming a coach, I understand that at our core, we have the answers to our issues.

So now, only when asked, I really try to focus on helping others discover their inner knowing.

To rescue people from the natural consequences of their behavior is to render them powerless.” ~ Henry Cloud

Inhale Risk, Exhale Rescue…
Inhale Development, Exhale Disempowerment…
Inhale Falling, Exhale Failure…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Development

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