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You Have To Crawl Before You Stand

October 20, 2022
You Have To Crawl Before You Stand

We all know that life can throw some real heavy challenges at us. Sometimes they are personal, sometimes they are business-related, but they are always present.

But what we do when we face a challenge is what defines us, not what happens to us because of the challenge. We can either work at picking up the pieces and improving ourselves, or we can let the challenge destroy us, but at the end of the day it is our choice that determines our next move.

Does all this sound familiar? It should. We hear it all the time. But I know how hard it can be to realize our own potential, so today I’m going to remind you of some basics about facing, and overcoming, your FEAR.

Crawling Toward FEAR

Life can knock you on your ass. There are no two ways about it – things happen everyday that just plain suck. When that happens, you will often find yourself prone, unable and unwilling to move while you try to comprehend “why has this happened to me?”

And that’s okay – it takes time to recover when you face challenging situations. But you need to remember that you aren’t going to start crawling until you Focus on what’s in front of you and work to overcome it.

The key to this is to understand that while you might not control everything else in the world, you do control how you respond to things that happen to you. If you’re afraid, nervous, unsure, doubtful – good, you’re human! But to overcome those emotions, you have to start moving.

Even if it’s slow-going at first, crawling is still moving. And nothing is going to hold you back more than deciding to lie there and do nothing about your situation.

Standing Up With Emotional Commitment

Crawling is a start, but it will only get you so far. Sooner or later you’re going to have to stand up and start preparing to face the obstacles in front of you.

Those emotions that were slowing you down before need to be countered. How are you going to face them? How will facing them help you overcome whatever is holding you back?

You have to make an Emotional Commitment to yourself in order to prepare to take those first steps toward successful change. If you’re afraid, you need to commit to being invested in facing that fear with confidence. If you’re ashamed, you need to commit to pride in what you’ve accomplished.

This doesn’t have to be done alone – I certainly didn’t do it alone. If not for my letters with my son Hunter and the guidance I got from authors such as Dr. Steven Covey and Tony Robbins, I might not have been able to stand on my own two feet as quickly as I did. It’s okay to get help!

Remember, this is just a commitment – a promise to yourself to face these challenges and overcome them.

Walking Into Action

Crawling and standing are just the beginning. To truly tackle life’s challenges, you have to start moving with purpose and consistency. You need to walk headfirst into Action.

Action means you are beginning to do something about whatever it is you are facing. You’ve Focused on your goals, you’ve made Emotional Commitments to tackle them, and now you are going to start doing something about it.

This is a difficult part of the process because it’s going to have the most resistance. Those negative emotions are powerful, but you’re stronger. All you have to do is remember your commitments, take a steady step toward achieving them, and begin a consistent stride toward your new future.

This is a turning point for many people. You are going to get pushback, and you are going to face difficult truths while you do this, but if you keep putting one foot in front of the other and stick to your goals, you can overcome anything life throws at you.

Running Toward Responsibility

Once you get moving at a steady pace, all that is left is to start Running. The timing on this is important because you don’t want to try to start running before you’re ready. Be honest with yourself, identify what you have accomplished so far and what you still need to accomplish, and prepare yourself for the hard work.

Once you have built the confidence to start running, you are ready to take Responsibility for your future. You have come from lying prone, possibly blaming the world for what it’s done to you, to facing the future knowing that you get to define the narrative.

By taking responsibility for our actions and their outcomes, you have faced your FEAR and used it to your advantage. You see, fear isn’t something that you can avoid, but it is something you can mobilize to improve yourself and your situation.

The Upside Of Fear

At the end of the day, I know you can find a path through the difficulties and challenges of the world. I faced them down myself and came out stronger, but more importantly I was able to reconnect with my family, find incredible success, and perhaps most importantly, help others see their own potential.

If you want to read more about my story, you can purchase my book, The Upside of Fear. You can also sign up for my full online training program to learn more about improving your personal and professional life.

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Thank you for letting me share my dreams with you!