The First Step

Fear of the Unknown 4

Launching Into a New Day

They say that taking that first step into something new is the hardest. The unknown challenges our fears and paralyzes us into standing still. We already know that change is needed and standing still does nothing to help us create a better tomorrow. So why is that first step so darn hard?

Fear, lack of confidence, and perhaps the absence of faith all conspire to weigh us down and immobilize us. There are probably many more factors that pour cement into our shoes when we begin contemplating a change. I believe change is necessary to grow. If we stand still, we will wither and dry up and the wind will select our final resting place. So what should you do when you are paralyzed with fear or indecision?

Fear of the Unknown 5Let me share a simple story that happened to me growing up. We use to spend hours at the base pool. The pool was probably my mother’s best child care friend back in the day. She would drop me and my brothers off at the Air Force base pool and collect us towards the end of the day. She would give us money or lunch to carry sustain us and we would have a ball the rest of the day. Mind you, at the end of the day we were a bunch of shriveled raisins!

There was a high dive board and a low one. My brothers and I had mastered the low diving board but wanted to do the high board. I can remember climbing the ladder and peering over the edge of the board. It looked like we were a mile up!!! It was terrifying to look down and the more we looked the more afraid we became. I was the oldest so of course, it was up to me to lead the way and be the first to take the big dive.

The only way I could overcome my fear was to think about the end, the splash, the admiration of my younger brothers, and the excitement of having jumped!!! In my mind I knew it was just water and water was my friend. I could swim, there were lifeguards on duty…and girls were watching me!!! Taken altogether, these things helped me charge ahead and once I took that first step, it was over. I was plunging, yelling and screaming, belly first into the cool embrace of the deep end of the pool! Not only did I survive, but I was excited to get back to the board for my next dive! The fear of that first step faded when I hit the water!Fear of the Unknown

So it is when you make a decision to try something new. The best thing you can do is push yourself to make that first step. The second one is infinitely easier. It’s your life. You are in control. No one pushed me off the high dive. I was in control and that gave me strength and confidence. No one can push you to become a FES sales agent. You are in control and you can decide whether earning significant sums of residual income is right for you. But, if you take that first step, you will find that dictating the terms of your next career becomes addicting! Being your own boss is intoxicating and the return on your courageous first step will pleasantly surprise you. Enroll now in the FES Protection Plan and take that first step into a bigger, brighter tomorrow.