Make Your Life a ROCKIN' Reality Show!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

We all know fear - and change - is part of life. Yada yada yada.  It’s easy to say the words – but it’s harder to walk the walk.  Doing something new is terrifying! Your heart rate increases, you wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and wonder if you’re doing the right thing. It’s hard to think of anything else, since your entire body goes into that “fight or flight” scenario – preparing for action.

But we need this shake-up, this rush of adrenaline, this pure terror.  Without it, we stagnate – lose interest in moving forward – and resign ourselves to watching yet another reality tv show – watching others risk all without ever leaving the safety of our easy chair.

Why else would reality shows be so overwhelmingly popular? All the drama without ever having to risk anything, ourselves. 

But let’s face it, folks – Our lives ARE a reality show!  Every day we face choices that will determine what direction our lives will take.  We even have an audience watching our performance – our family, friends, even neighbors.  Our very own fan club, cheering us along!

What are the ratings on YOUR reality show? Are you confronting the problems in your life, or sitting in silence as the boob tube blares? When faced with a bag of chips or a quick run – which do YOU choose?  Are you choosing to learn a new skill that could turn your career around – or taking a nap?  

Eleanor Roosevelt is credited for saying "Do one thing everyday that scares you.  You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." 

I don’t think Eleanor meant screaming on a roller coaster.  That’s fake fear – a situation arranged to make you scared.  Real fear and growth is from within – confronting the demons that limit our lives.  Sometimes our demons are simply bad habits.  There's the obvious habits, like drinking too much. But even seemingly innocent habits can derail our lives – like a need to have EVERYTHING in place and well thought out before we take a risk.

Whatever our demons – we CAN improve our choices and our lives. This week, let’s make a determined effort to shake ourselves up! Choose just ONE area in your life and start forming new habits  that will support your continued growth.  Little changes.

And, if you’re lucky enough to be terrified over a choice, blessed enough to be facing a BIG CHANGE – jump in with your entire being. Embrace the fear, the excitement, the risk.

Be the Star of your own reality show! 

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