I’m in the process of wrapping up a project I’ve been working on for over three months. OK, honestly? More like a year...
It's pushed me so far outside my comfort zone - and challenged me to put to use the tools I’ve acquired over the years.
The hardest - and most important one? Asking for and accepting help - without guilt or shame.
To get to growth we have to wade our way through the discomfort.
I know that. And still...
There were so many times I wanted to scrap it. Throw in the towel. And call it a day.
(Just ask hubs. )
But my soul tugging pulls continuously brought me back.
You know what I realized? I was trying to get it all right. And by right I mean ‘perfect.’
I’d get so overwhelmed. And, I’d want to throw it all away.
So I stayed stuck.
Last week, after a call with my coach / publicist I had a major aha. I finally asked myself:
What am I afraid of?
This project is an online course with live coaching infused into the modules. It’s a big project and one that truly IGNITES my soul.
Work I feel called and honored to do.
So, what was I afraid of?
Falling short of perfect. And. The fear of putting myself out there.
When I would go to take a step, the BS stories would flood my mind:
I needed the perfect set.
The perfect script.
The perfect outfit.
The perfect gift.
The perfect email sequence.
The perfect photos.
The perfect ....
NO THANK YOU.
As soon as I realized that Perfection was trying to drive, I took the biggest leap yet.
ALL parts are in motion. Deadlines set. It’s GO TIME.
Because, what's the alternative?
No more staying stuck. Fear is not driving this mama anymore.
Which is why this pic might just be my favorite one...
My photographer snapped this yesterday - after we finished our mini session.
I didn’t know she was still taking pics.
It wasn’t planned.
Channeling insane amounts of gratitude - feeling so connected to the Universe.
Truly feeling free.
And, back in the driver’s seat.
When we allow fear to drive, we rob the world of our gifts.
What would happen if you gave yourself permission to share your gifts - to be seen - exactly as you are?
If you're waiting for the perfect conditions or the one right way.
If you're paralyzed by the fear of putting yourself out there - of being seen - of failing.
If you're trying to map it all out to get it just right - getting ready to get ready to get ready.
If you're analyzing and over analyzing all your options - trying to figure out what the next best step is for fear of getting it wrong. Or fear of closing a door.
If you are struggling to take the leap - to do The Thing...
I've got you.
I know what it's like. And, I want to help. This isn't work we do alone.
Because YOU are worthy. And so fiercely capable.
And, asking for help and stepping into our lives fully and completely might just be the bravest thing we'll ever do.
I can't wait to invite you into the Rise Free Academy with me.
If you are ready to quiet the noise and live your life with more balance, deeper joy - and inner peace, I see you. And I cannot wait to help you make these shifts - so you can step into a life that is fully your own. So you can live FREE.
Samantha Arsenault Livingstone is an Olympic Gold Medalist, transformational speaker, high performance coach, mama of four girls.
Samantha empowers women to cultivate the courage, resilience and perseverance needed to live their dreams. She helps her clients expand their high performance skill set and let go of beliefs that are keeping them stuck - opening up the door for freedom, balance and joy that transcends.
Samantha candidly shares her battles with her inner critic, depression, perfection, PTSD and parenting as a working mother because she believes in the transformative power of story – and the strength that comes from knowing we are not alone. She is on a mission to pay forward all that she’s learned to help others find joy and live free.
A mama of heart warrior and mama of twins, Samantha and her husband, Rob, live in the Berkshires with their four girls. You can learn more about Samantha at www.samanthalivingstone.com.
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