One of the ways that I’ve learned to make a significant change in my life was to ‘do it anyway’ even if ‘it’ was something that caused me anxiety.
I took my daughters on a fantastic long weekend to New York City right before Christmas and it was one of those life-altering experiences for me. I had never been to New York - always hearing that it was a big, scary place where you’d be robbed the second you stepped off the plane, run down by a taxi (that part’s not too far from true) or held up in the subway. My experience was different. I found New Yorkers to be some of the most friendly, open, wonderful people I ever encountered. Each time we’d look even slightly lost, someone would approach us and ask us if we needed directions. People smiled back - even on the subway!
We maneuvered our way through Chinatown and Times Square and even found our seats at Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes Christmas Show. It was a beautiful time for all three of us and we can’t wait to return.
But the point is - I did something ‘anyway’. Even though I had a bit of anxiety - I still booked plane tickets and found a hotel room based on Expedia.com recommendations - turned out to be the best hotel ever (The Roosevelt). And I found transportation from the airport and figured out how the subway worked (with some help from my New Yorker friends!) And we did it anyway.
So now things are a little easier for me and I find myself doing things that I wouldn’t have done prior to that trip. Sitting down next to a stranger and striking up a conversation (like I did yesterday) isn’t intimidating to me like it used to be. Saying yes to something last week that I normally wouldn’t have (in a million years) is another. Getting out of my comfort zone has kick-started some necessary changes for me and I have to say - it’s really pretty good!
So get out there and do something - even if it turns out to be wrong. Say yes! Call the guy (or girl)! Make the reservations for your trip of a lifetime! Do it anyway!
I’ll leave you with these inspirational words from my fave’s - The BEPs:
Livin’ life, feelin’ free, that’s how it’s supposed to be! Come join my festivities. Celebrate like Imma be!