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  1. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    Very insightful, Shelly. As I read it, one of my favourite quotes came to mind. It’s from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It’s so hard to get outside your comfort zone and try something new, but the rewards are worth it.

  2. petespringerauthor says

    So much to like here, Shelly! First, congratulations on getting out of your comfort zone. It takes courage to go after what you want out of life. Many people let fear or the fear of failure take control of their lives. Overcoming any fear is one of the most empowering things in life and makes us feel good about ourselves. How do we put a price on that?

    Sharing your story, as you are doing, is what people will connect with the most. I can see you get that. People don’t want to hear some egotist carry on about how great they are. They connect with us by showing their own vulnerabilities because we’re all afraid of something. Frankly, the blogs that I find the most stimulating all follow that approach.

    If I could have one do-over in life, it would be my high school years—not because they were so great, but because I wish I knew then what I know now. If I could go back (this is fantasyland), I wouldn’t be the same person that let fear control me from trying new things.

    Fantastic video! Keep doing what you’re doing!

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks so much Pete. You always share the kindest messages, and I really appreciate it. Sometimes it feels like people want to be told some sugar coated story, but life is never like that. We all have vulnerabilities and I’m happy sharing mine even if only a few people benefit from it. 😊
      Im glad you don’t get a do-over, because you wouldn’t be who you are today if you knew what you know now. Life might’ve taken you in a completely different direction!

  3. bosssybabe says

    Such a fitting topic to discuss the first month of the new year when people start to second-guess their goals for the year. Fear is a huge barrier and when we whittle it down, fear is controlled solely by our own mindset- hopefully, change your mindset and you’re free to fly.

    I totally get this mentality, being afraid of the unknown. How will people receive this, what will the judgement be, who will think I wouldn’t be able to do it, what if I fail and prove them right? All of these anxious reactions are self-taught and repetitions of our excuses to not reach our potential!

    Such a fascinating topic! Thanks for sharing, Shelly! 🙂 Going to check out your video now! 🙂

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for your insights Bossy B. I love that you said that this mentality is self taught, because that means it can also be undone with some work. I personally always pinned it down to my personality and how others have treated me growing up, but at the end of the day, we are the only ones who can set ourselves free!

  4. Stuart Danker says

    Oh yeah. There’s no bravery without fear, and every time I feel negative feelings (fear included), I just think of it as something new to overcome. That’s where my level up is. Right behind that negative feeling. If things were smooth sailing, I wouldn’t be growing. Thanks for this post!

  5. Happy Panda says

    Fear of the process holds me back so much!!!!! With my own business I often get so freaked out by some processes that I end up procrastinating on them. I’m trying to overcome it but it is a slow process.

  6. christcenteredruminations says

    Beautiful post here friend. Two quotes that I like concerning fear are:

    Psalm 34:4
    “I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears”.

    Philippians 4:13
    ” I can do all things through him who strengthens me”.

    While we can try to do things on our own, God is able to help us in dealing with our fears. God is able to put things in order for us and to make things work out for our good. To overcome fear, we need to put God first. God is the king and there is nothing impossible for him to do.

    If anyone reading is interested in building a relationship with God, I have a post on that here: https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/how-to-build-a-relationship-with-god/

    There is much more to know about God. I post frequently on my blog about topics related to God. You are welcome to follow my blog to keep up with my content.

    -All the best. May God bless you.


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