Do you live in fear of trying new things? Have you ever felt like you were walking the plank?
Today I walked the plank. Today I stepped out on to a wooden plank from a tall ship. The plank was over the ocean. In the water were sharks waiting to eat me if I fell off. I was scared to try something new. I was afraid of the sharks.
I didn’t fall off.
The wooden plank was wider than I thought. The sharks were actually goldfish, and the water was warm if I fell.
Today I did an audio interview with Andy Traub, the author of Early To Rise. We finished the interview a few minutes ago. The post will go live on Tuesday, February 26th. Andy will tell you why you need to get out of bed early and how your life will change once you do.
Andy will also be giving away two copies of his book, Early to Rise for readers who comment and share the post. At the end of the audio interview Andy has a special incentive for listeners who buy his book. Writers from South Dakota are very generous. Maybe it is all the snow they have to shovel.
A few days ago I sent Andy Traub an e-mail asking for permission to interview him about his book, Early to Rise.
He wrote back with a one word question.
I replied, “I hadn’t thought of that. That would be fun.”
Fun, ha. I was terrified. I had no idea how to do an audio interview. I didn’t have a clue how to add a link to audio on my blog. I didn’t even have Skype set up on my computer.
I said yes to an audio interview with Andy Traub. I was going to do it afraid.
Why you should do it afraid.
1. The sharks are not really there. The sharks are only in your mind.
2. There is always someone to help if you ask. My husband helped me install Skype on my computer, and Andy helped me add an audio player plug-in on my blog.
3. You will learn something new. I know how to add sound to my blog now.
4. You will feel brave. The bravery will get into your DNA and you will continue to try new things. I think I can clean my basement now.
5. Fear will become weaker. The sharks will become goldfish as you become brave. There are no sharks in my basement.
I look forward to sharing Andy Traub’s interview with you next Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. He shoveled six inches of snow to get to his studio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this morning. I am glad he did. It was fun to interview him. There were no sharks.
Have you ever done something afraid?
Please let me know in the comments.