6. Make a Fearless Promise to Yourself
We often make promises to ourselves about stopping a bad habit or changing our lives for the better. This is especially true as we conjure up ideas for our New Year’s resolutions. During this time these promises result in gyms being flooded with newbies on January first, cigarette sales declining, and the local dog shelter getting over- whelmed with potential volunteers. Many of these resolutions that are made will only be forgotten in the upcoming months, if not weeks.
We often make promises to ourselves that we don’t live up to: I promise to eat better, to start exercising, and to spend more time with family. This time, you owe it to yourself to make one fearless promise and be able to rely on yourself to keep it.
That vow is to never let fear make your decisions for you.
This promise will dramatically change your behavior and improve your life. After I had some control over my anxiety, I made the same powerful promise to myself. When opportunities presented themselves and I wanted to say no, I vowed to ask myself if those negative answers were fear speaking. If it was, I promised myself to say yes instead.
This personal pact not only led to some of the most amazing adventures, but also pushed me into facing many fears head on, helping to overcome my anxiety and getting me out of my comfort zone.
7. Live the Bucket List Lifestyle
Creating a bucket list is only one small piece of the passionate life puzzle—actually living the bucket list lifestyle is the whole shebang. This lifestyle means waking up each day with the purpose of achieving goals, having new experiences, giving back, helping others complete their bucket list dreams and pushing the limit of your comfort zone.
It keeps you focused on something else besides your fear.
You will learn how to feel the fear and move past it in order to have a tick next to that goal. Plus, you will gain confidence each time you accomplish a feat and stepping out of the box will become the norm. You will learn that it’s not about just succeeding, but also about failing and learning from those failures.