We all have things we’d like to do – writing dreams, committing to self-care, or moving into a work situation that supports us in greater ways – but we hold ourselves back because we are afraid.
Here’s the secret: the fear doesn’t ever go away.
If you wait for the fear to go away before beginning, you won’t ever begin.
So here’s my formula for how this works. I call it C.O.A.C.H.
Open to fear.
Courage is gained.
Try this: think of a time in your life when you committed to something. It could have been when you became a parent, or when you bought your first house, or when you moved in order to attend a better school or have a better work situation.
Journal in response to these questions.
What was your commitment?
What kinds of fears did you have at the time?
What steps did you take to move forward?
How did taking these steps make you feel?
What skills did you learn from the experience?
Now, use your answers and apply this formula to something you’d like to commit to in your life right now.
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a writing coach with 20 years of experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels in universities, as well as in diverse community settings. She specializes in working with women in academe.