Category: "Inspirational Stories"

21 Quotes That Will Make You Fearless- Part 3

April 21st, 2014

We all have dreams, desires, to do things, to go places to make massive impact but most of the time our fear of failure as well as success stops us.

Fear stops us
from wanting more…
from dreaming bigger…
from believing in ourselves…
from thinking things are possible…
from self sabotaging things before they even happen…
from doubting ourselves, our powers and our capabilities…

Are you ready to be fearless?

Join us in part of the Fearless Revolution where we work on letting go of those fears and focus on being the best versions of ourselves. Get instant access to the 14 Day fearless challenge to enable you to embrace your fears, play big and change the world.

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21 Quotes That Will Make You Fearless – Part 2

April 14th, 2014

We all have dreams, desires, to do things, to go places to make massive impact but most of the time our fear of failure as well as success stops us.

Fear stops us
from wanting more…
from dreaming bigger…
from believing in ourselves…
from thinking things are possible…
from self sabotaging things before they even happen…
from doubting ourselves, our powers and our capabilities…

Are you ready to be fearless?

Join us in part of the Fearless Revolution where we work on letting go of those fears and focus on being the best versions of ourselves. Get instant access to the 14 Day fearless challenge to enable you to embrace your fears, play big and change the world.
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21 Quotes That Will Make You Fearless – Part 1

April 7th, 2014

We all have dreams, desires, to do things, to go places to make massive impact but most of the time our fear of failure as well as success stops us.

Fear stops us
from wanting more…
from dreaming bigger…
from believing in ourselves…
from thinking things are possible…
from self sabotaging things before they even happen…
from doubting ourselves, our powers and our capabilities…

Are you ready to be fearless?

Join us in part of the Fearless Revolution where we work on letting go of those fears and focus on being the best versions of ourselves. Get instant access to the 14 Day fearless challenge to enable you to embrace your fears, play big and change the world.

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Redefining Fear & Succeeding Despite Adversity

March 11th, 2014

Life can change so incredibly quick, when you least expect it.

In 2006, something surprising happened to me. A tick, a very small insect, bit me. And, I contracted a bacterial infection that made me incredibly sick: so sick that I wasn’t able to leave my house for the initial 7-months. It happened during the first year of my Ph.D., and not one doctor could figure out why I was so sick.

Since graduate school was my only source of income, I returned to my studies despite not functioning very well. All of my energy went into school – I stopped seeing my friends and family. I only had enough energy to go to work, and that was it.

It took 5-years to get a diagnosis for my illness, and over 2-years of treatment to reach a point where I don’t feel as sick as I used to. I definitely have healing still to do. During that 7-year roller coaster experience, I lost the ability to work, and my life completely shrunk. Miraculously, I did finish my Ph.D. (I’m quite proud of that success), but I wasn’t able to move on to an academic position.

A year ago, at the point when I started to feel better from treatment, I knew that I needed to return to work. But, what work would I return to? I wasn’t well enough to work full-time. I was completely worried and confused about what I should do next.

It was at that point that I heard about the possibility of starting an online business based upon my experience and knowledge. I discovered that I could share my expertise with others and create a business around that.

Nothing shocked me more. I had no idea that I could create an online business. It was as if a light was shone on me, and it was showing me a way out of the predicament I was in.

But it did mean that I would have to share my story with the world. I would have to reveal all of my hardships. And, to be completely honest, that scared me. Who would want to hear my story? What if people judged me because I have a chronic illness?

I knew that I wanted to push forward and start a website and business, but fear quickly set in.

How fear affected me:

  • I found myself procrastinating. I would make excuses that would stop me from starting my website.
  • I started to think about all the people who would criticize my experience.
  • I started to imagine that I would fail at my online business when, in fact, I hadn’t even started it, yet.
  • I started to convince myself that I wasn’t talented enough to create a business based on my knowledge and expertise.

I didn’t like how fear was making me feel. And, I hated that fear was holding me back from starting something that I was truly excited about. I have something important to say to women who are experiencing chronic illness. I have learned so much knowledge on how to reclaim health that I have to share it with the world – I can’t withhold this information just because I’m fearful.

Three things I did to combat fear:

  1. I confided in a friend that I wanted to start a business, and I asked her to help me stay on track. She helped me to stay accountable for getting things done like creating my website, and reaching out to other bloggers. Knowing that someone was on my side, supporting me, helped to reduce the amount of fear I had.
  2. I started out small. I wrote about some of my experience to see what would happen. And, the result was amazing. People were really kind, and I was fearful for no reason. Here’s the big lesson: doing something that you’re fearful of can be a wonderful experience in the end.
  3. I know that I can’t live my life without feeling fear. But, I have discovered that the things that I’m fearful of are the things that I should actually do. Starting my business was very scary, but it has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. I’ve ultimately learned that I have to redefine fear and make it my friend rather than my enemy.

I have a long list of wonderful things that have happened since embracing my fear and moving forward to create my business. I am now about to launch my first one-on-one coaching program to teach women how to quit sugar. I have a growing list of subscribers, and a blossoming online community. Fear is slowly becoming my friend, and she should become yours as well.

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Alison Smith small imageAlison Smith’s Bio:
Alison Smith is a sugar-free & gluten-free coach on a mission to promote self-care and self-love to those battling back to abundant health and happiness. Schooled by her own journey back to vibrant health, following a 7-year battle with Lyme Disease, Alison is the creator of alisonsmith.com and the FREE e-book, Recharge Your Body: 52 Smoothie & Juice Recipes. Alison lives and breathes by the motto: Live healthy. Live happy. Live now.

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Making friends with fear: Bring Back Your Ambitious Geek

March 4th, 2014

Until the age of 18 I was a geeky introvert, studious and apt at nearly all my subjects at school with a gutsy ambition to be a lawyer, no, a barrister and even a successful, high flying, jet setting business woman.

Then I turned 19; “stuff happened” (I do not have the energy to relay this “stuff”, it saps the energy out of me). I became “man of the house” and for a long time I did what I needed to with my family to keep a roof over our heads.

I paid bills and put food on the table whilst in full-time study, experiencing redundancy, job hunting, sitting examinations, helping mom through her divorce, falling ill, revising for finals, missing approximately two out of three semesters due to being ill and arranging my sister’s wedding.

I don’t think I stopped to think about it or how I got through it; I find if I stop to count the number of balls I am juggling or how many plates are spinning in the air, the realisation of it all makes the house of cards fall.

Looking back, I realise that the real me had slipped into some void in time and space. I had not lost ambition, somewhere deep deep deep inside of me my dreams were still in existence, they had just been put to sleep. I now travelled a completely different road and strayed away from the route I had planned or had hoped to walk along.

I cannot remember exactly when, it must have been around my mid-late twenties that my sleeping dreams had somehow been awoken from within. Such a deep sleep seemed to stir a passionate awakening.

A couple of deaths of people I once knew and grew up with whilst they were still in their twenties played a seriously huge part in reminding me of my dreams, my ambitions and brought back that spark within me to get on with it and “just do it”. There was also a part of me which has just had enough! Believe me, it’s when you have enough that nothing can hold you back, not even fear.

I also learned false friends were enemies and enemies like to keep you exactly where they are. That is not a place I was prepared to live. I moved straight ahead at top speed without looking back. Kept myself very busy with activities, rediscovering a hobby, attending workshops, planning and planning and taking whatever small steps I could take to move ahead at top speed and soar high up in life.

Now I have a couple of truly wonderful friends who keep reigning me back, reminding me to take one solid step at a time.

(Lesson here: do not see false friends as enemies, they are actually your motivation to be better in many different ways)

Part of me has felt that I have been playing catch up and perhaps I have been; I am no longer in my twenties so my gutsy side has been down the rabbit hole for too long.

Another part of me just appreciates how short life is and that time waits for no one. Once time passes, you can’t get it back, so do something with the precious time that you have. When we are all on our death beds, we will not be wishing we had more money or a bigger house, we’ll be wishing we just had more time.

This is not to say that I do not experience fear, or lack confidence at any point. Every time I come to a new experience I get a pounding heart in my stomach or butterflies there instead, but it is all part of the growth process. I know if I don’t do it now, then when will I, since tomorrow is never guaranteed. The Ambitious Geek in me is back!

I would like to share a quote with you; it means a lot to me. It is taken from my Holy Book, the Holy Qur’an;

“Verily, Allah will not change the good condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Surah 13 :  Ar-Rad : Verse 11)

It tells me that I have been given the opportunity; I just need to take it. It’s my move first.

SairaAuthor Bio
Saira Nisa
Founding Director | Creative Business Consultant-Coach
www.livingwellbeingltd.com
Living Wellbeing Ltd, a Business & Lifestyle Management Company who provide Creative Coaching, Mentoring & Training assistance to all Business Women of Faith, Spirituality & Ethnicity as well as all those Women of Faith, Spirituality & Ethnicity who mean Business, who are dedicated to progressing forward in their personal and professional lives.