Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Ė Helen Keller

What makes life a daring adventure? I recently had a conversation with one of my favorite people on this topic. I asked if he thought he was living an extraordinary life. He answered that he wasn't sure what would constitute an extraordinary life. In thinking about that conversation as I began writing this article, it occurred to me that perhaps taking the risks required to live the fullest life possible is the definition of living an extraordinary life.

As life reveals lessons and realities for me, I acquire a deeper sense of compassion, self-awareness, wisdom, humility and the courage to share these experiences. Last month, I took a huge leap of faith, and decided to follow one of my heart's greatest desires. Prior to taking this leap of faith, I thought about it for a long time. I came up with excuses, worried incessantly about whether or not it was the right choice, and what the guarantee was that the decision would have a successful outcome. The only guarantee that I came to was that everything and everyone in life endures and moves with change. The surprising revelation that came from my leap of faith Ė you can not leap with faith while holding hands with fear. So, my leap of faith has transformed into a daily exercise in letting go of fear.

If you want something that you donít already have, thereís a good chance you will have to do something that you havenít already done. Doing those things may not feel natural, they don't for me. In fact they make me feel uncomfortable, anxious, restless and genuinely awkward. As we peel away that guise of fear, ultimately what we find is a better version of who we already are. The gift that we possess is the ability to use fear as a driving force to take us to our dreams. Recognizing our fears and releasing them allows us to open ourselves up to an endless opportunity for pure potentiality and engagement with our best possible life. A way to unleash the extraordinary in each moment through the faith that it exists.

As I was preparing for my big leap of faith and trying to let go of my fears, I came across the following faith statements by Napolean Hill. Each one of these resonated on a level that allowed me to let go of my fears and believe in the opportunity to follow my heart.

Understand faith is awareness of, belief in, harmonizing with the universal powers

Faith is a state of mind which must be active not passive, to be useful in achieving success

Close the door to fear behind you and the door of faith will open for you

Fear is nothing more than a state of mind, subject to your own direction and control

Faith will not bring you what you desire, it will show you the way

Faith in our ability to embrace each new risk coupled with the ability to let fear of the unknown go, allows us to grow creatively and access the energy to live life fully.

My new adventure is unfolding, and I am making a conscious effort to seek out the extraordinary thread that is constantly being woven and connecting each of us to our fullest life.

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure itís worth watching.  ~Unknown

6 Responses...

Jill G. says:
April 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM
what a wonderful blog post! thank you!
Anonymous says:
April 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM
Thoughts worth thinking about.
Neva S. says:
April 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM
Good One.
Anonymous says:
April 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM
thank you thank you thank you!!! Stepping out on faith myself to do something I love and never in a gazillion years would have thought taking this step would have brought up SO much fear & insecurity in me!!! Learning daily that it is a process to a complete and whole me!
Anonymous says:
April 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM
Great post and quotes.
Anonymous says:
May 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM
Great blog! Seems like we're on a similar journey though perhaps different paths. I appreciated sooo many "quotable" moments reading your blog.
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