1. Do not settle for normal. When our habitual response leads us to what is expected and customary – when we choose ordinary – we can expect the unremarkable.
2. Do not resist. Attempting to control, manipulate or force things to happen is a typical response to the fear that comes with change. Some of us will be so fearful that we refuse to make a change without understanding that even if we choose not to make a decision or take action, this in and of itself is a choice. Our learned way of coping with stress and uncertainty should be reevaluated constantly as we evolve in this world. Move with the changes instead of against them.
3. Trust your deepest feelings for guidance. We all know, deep within ourselves, what we need to do – what we know, how to think, when to trust – during times of crisis. We can learn to access and trust our innate wisdom; it is personal and always available. Through this, we will know how to adjust our course, move toward our personal destiny. When we don’t follow our inner guidance, we feel a loss of power and energy.
4. Dream bigger. Change what you expect from life and then create a plan and work to cultivate the right conditions for your growth and success.
5. Limit distractions and strive to create balance in the midst of chaos. When we let go of our own or other’s agendas and when we push away the demanding concerns of the moment, we are able to hear our own thoughts. Do less at the moments of crossroads and give yourself the gift of time – time to be in the present moment. Respect the value of being here and now. Ask yourself, “What is the one area of my life that needs more balance?”
6. Failure is just another way to start again. When we face a crossroads with fearlessness and the choice turns out to be prosperous, we are hailed as a genius or visionary. When our choice creates failure, then we are judged harshly, ridiculed and diminished, and it has the potential to make being fearless more difficult when we face the next crossroads. We must remember that failing creates not only additional opportunities for success, but fosters courage and determination in those of us who are brave enough to attempt it.
When I’m faced with fear at life’s inevitable crossroads, I have learned to “let it rip” and charge “no holds barred” into the abyss – if for no other reason than to see what is there. I have emerged out the other side bloody and battered at times, but I’m stronger for having risked, taken a stand, trusted and believed.”