What do you do when you're scared?

JILL TRACY responded on 04/12/2012

Feeling scared is a wonderful gauge---it simply means you really care about the outcome of something that matters to you, something meaningful...or at least has the potential to be.
So that's a great thing. Be thankful you have the depth of passion, of desire. To go through life numb and indifferent means you've stopped dreaming. What's the point then?
And truthfully, it's much easier to not take a chance, to take the easy way, wallow in misery, make excuses. But in the end, anything worthwhile involves a risk, challenging yourself.

One of my favorite sayings of all is-- "Be brave, and if you can't be brave, pretend to be brave. No one can tell the difference."
I used to think of that many times when I first began performing and was terrified to go onstage. I realized that I could just pretend that I wasn't. Pretty soon, I even convinced myself.

Change and new possibility is vital to feeling fully alive.
Embrace the butterflies. There are wondrous things ahead if you allow them. ♥

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