Scared Great

"Always do what you are afraid to do." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Face your fears to embrace your future.”

I have spent most of my life paralyzed by fear, making choices based on what others would think, what I felt I was expected to do, and what I believed I could do perfectly. I rarely challenged myself to go outside of my “box” for fear of failure, criticism, rejection, … you name it. Well, yesterday, as I read my Facebook friend’s status, I realized her month of gratitude had come to a close. For the entire month of November, she posted a status each day of something she was grateful for. I thought it was an awesome and a real challenge. I mean, it’s a lot easier to gripe via Facebook than to be positive and find thirty things that you’re happy about, much less to commit to doing it publicly. So I thought to myself, “Hmmm… I wonder what can I commit to for a month.” Then I heard, “do it afraid.” The words of my dear friend—and fellow blogger—Danielle Navonne, rushed back to me from our conversation earlier that night. We had talked about how fear was keeping me from making major advances regarding my new children’s book. So, I decided last night that I will commit to facing my fears every day for one month.

For the entire month of December, I will push myself to do one thing each day that freaks me out, totally terrifies me, and pushes me forward, exposing the greatness within me. I am going to “scare myself great!”

Why don’t you join me? For the entire month of December, do something each day that you’ve been putting off because of fear—something that you know you should be doing, or have wanted to do, that will push you forward (not backwards ;)). This month just started so just do two things today, that terrify you and you’ll be caught up. 😉 Whether it is to join a meetup group for songwriters, sign up for that half marathon, finally say “hi” to the cute chick in your building, or pass out flyers to strangers for your upcoming book signing, do it.

I learned yesterday, as I walked up on strangers handing them flyers, that the stories we tell ourselves about what is going to happen when we put ourselves “out there” are typically far worse than what actually happens. The gas station attendant didn’t yell, “GET OUT OF HERE! NO SOLICITING!” and throw my flyers on the ground. She actually said, “Good for you! I’m glad to help. Put your flyers here on the counter, where people can see them.” Surprisingly, most people were very happy for me. I’m glad I overcame myself and did it.

Publicly outing myself about this on my blog was my challenge for today, although, I may do a few more terrifying things before I go to bed. (It’s a little addictive once you get going.) I think this will be great for you as it is already paying off for me. So, what will be your terrifying thing, today? Tell me below, how will you scare yourself great?


4 responses to “Scared Great

  1. Danielle Navonne

    December 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Aw, thanks for the “shout-out!” You know, I actually have a blog post called “Do It Afraid” – about when I went skydiving! (
    Glad you’re in this place of pushing yourself!! I’m excited to see all the awesomeness this challenge pushes you into!! 🙂 Awesome idea; awesome way to end the year!

    • mdillondesigns

      January 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      So late replying to this, lol. You’re welcome for the shout out. Your brilliance should be shared. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words. And yes, “Do it Afraid” is a really great and inspiring post.

  2. onehautemommi

    December 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    This is a great post! I’m going to join in on the quest to scare myself great! I’m excited!

    • mdillondesigns

      January 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Awesome! I’d love to hear some of the things you did to scare yourself great! I’ve continued this practice into 2013 as a new way of life… to “feel the fear and do it anyway.”


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