I am a list person. I don’t apologize for it. Lists keep me organized and focused. Though I may hate the process of making a list, I realize I am most productive when I use them.
When I was thinking about ways to conquer my fears, I thought a list would be a perfect tool to keep me focused.
That’s when I came up with the Fearless List.
I wrote down several ideas of fun and somewhat nerve-racking things I wanted to “try” this summer. Then I wrote down several more that will be real challenges for me. All of them are scary for me in some way and that’s how the Fearless List was born. A few of my ideas:
- Leaving my daughter to go on an overseas trip: For some of you this is not scary at all. In fact, you would welcome the chance to get away from your kids. But after losing a child, I have found it very hard to leave my daughter. I realize this is not entirely healthy. I also realize this is grief-related and probably not unusual for a parent to feel who has lost a child. But the only way to overcome this fear is to do it, which is why this goal is my hardest.
- Doing an outdoor adventure/zip line course: I wrote this down on a whim and now my husband is holding me to it. Coincidently, a new zip line course opened this year nearby. I have no excuses now.
- Acting in a show: Even though I do a lot of performing and teaching, I have not acted in a full-length show in a long time, which makes me nervous just thinking about it. Many people who are not in the performing arts think that those who are never feel fear. This would not be true, especially not in my case. Nearly every time I perform I feel fear. And the less I do it, the more fear I feel. So the opposite of that would also be true, which is why Sam and I said yes to doing a theatre show early fall of this year with a local theatre company. Excited, scared, the full range of emotions here.
I will be sharing more about the Fearless List over the summer. For now, if you want to make your own list, I have created this super simple Fearless List pdf. Choose three to five things that scare you or hold you back and pray over them, try them out, or set them as goals. They don’t have to be big things, just something to help stretch you this summer.