Even if your heart beats a little faster. {The Kind Side}

Just because you have an emotional reaction to something doesn’t mean it is the right or wrong thing to do.

Maybe you feel scared that it won’t work, anxious that you might fail, uncertain you chose right, or nervous you won’t be able to do it. These are feelings, but they don’t get to tell you if you made the right choice or are doing the right thing.

Sometimes my flight reflex gets put into overdrive: Fail in front of someone? Run away! Not know the answer? Avoid that situation. Say something silly? Better to just shut up now. Get misunderstood in a discussion? Just be chill, don’t talk.

If you give too much air-time to these feelings you won’t move forward. It’s worth figuring out why you’re feeling uneasy, but also important to find ways to be ok with things feeling uncomfortable.

Take a deep breath.

Tell yourself: Wait and see. It’s fine. No big deal. There’s room for mistakes. Done is better than perfect or not even attempted. This feels hard, but I think you’ve got this.

Putting yourself out there can be nerve-wracking, but you can’t quit just because it feels daunting. Commit to a plan for a set amount of time and see what happens. Don’t judge every little piece of the experiment before becomes what it is.

Just start.

Create something.

And let it be.

Or become.

But don’t squelch it because your heart is beating a little faster.

It’s good for you.

Carry on!

You’ve got this.

Notes from the Kind Side Project
Notes from the Kind Side – Where I Pause to Make Space for Kind Self-Talk

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