wednesday word: fearless

Another Wednesday, another Wednesday Word! We will be linking up with Deb Runs  for the fun and you can be part of the action, by checking out her page and linking up, too!

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The word of the week is…

This word actually comes at a pretty opportune time.

You see, I am working (very hard) at being fearless.

I try to be confident in my life, but I do have fears. Clowns. Zombies. Confrontation. Talking to people on the phone. Chupacabras.

Failure.

As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I am realizing that existing with a fear of failure is no way to live. We all fail. It’s how we learn and how we grow. Messing up is part of what makes us human and it’s what we do with those failures that defines us.

So I’ve been trying to release the fears I have and face them head-on.

Sometimes, it’s hard to measure the progress of that. However, yesterday, I got a physical sign that my attempts at fearlessness are paying off:

For over a year, I have been trying to conquer the Crow pose.  Sadly, it always seemed out of my reach. Part of the problem was my lack of upper body strength (after all, you have to have strong arms to support your body), but the bigger part was fear. I was terrified. Of failing. Of falling on my face. Of making a huge fool of myself.

A few weeks ago, I decided it didn’t matter. If I fell, then I fell. If I made a fool of myself or looked ridiculous, I would laugh with anyone who laughed at me. If I failed, then I would just try again.

I got stronger and more determined and less afraid and then yesterday? Bam.

Now that I know I can be fearless, where will it lead?

How do you try to overcome your fears to accomplish your goals?

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26 Responses to wednesday word: fearless

  1. OK, now I have to look up what a chupacabra is!

  2. Great job on that crow pose! Even tho I can do it, I’m still deathly afraid of falling on my face. My yoga studio floor is really hard and I can envision blood pouring out of my nose when I hit the floor…

    Clowns are super creepy!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Lessons Learned: Big Sur MarathonMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m going to roll up my towel for the next time I’m in the studio. I’m that much of a klutz.

      Clowns are the worst. I read Stephen King’s “It” when I was about 10, and now I can’t be near clowns. Or sewers. Or small towns in Maine. I’m a mess.
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  3. Crow pose is tough. I can hold it for a fleeting second, and that’s all she wrote. Then again, I don’t really work on it , either. Coincidence? 😉
    Congrats on conquering the crow!
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Fearless…A Long Time ComingMy Profile

  4. Learning to accept failure and realize that everyone fails has been huge for me. I still try to avoid it, but I’m not so scared of it now.
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  5. Carmy says:

    Amazing! I’m also terrified of falling on my face and that’s why I never attempted the crow pose. Maybe I’ll have to be fearless and go for it… 😉
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  6. Crow pose was the pose that made me feel like a “yogi.” I still feel like I can fly with it 😀
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  7. So I always bail on the crow bc I think I am going to fall on my head. I know I have the strength to do it so silly isn’t it?!
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  8. Kudos to you for going after that crow pose. Its always hard to try again and not be fearless after we’ve already failed once. But life is about not giving up and continuing to try until we succeed.
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  9. YOU DID IT!!!! Awesome awesome awesome! It’s hard to face fears, but once you nail ’em they’re gone for good!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I DID IT!!! I always try to play a game of “what’s the worst that can happen?” I admit, sometimes, my worst case scenario is really bad, but in the case of Crow, it was simply falling on my face and breaking my nose on the hard floor. So I did it on the carpet. Problem solved.

  10. NICE!! I would love to be able to do that pose at some point. Yoga is so awesome. Great job!!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I started out not liking yoga, to tolerating it, to appreciating it, to really loving it. And now that I know I can do hard things, I like it even more!

  11. Lauren says:

    Great crow girl!! One of the hardest ones for me to master!!

  12. Nice Crow! I am still working on that one and often land on my nose. Way to push through the fear!
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  13. Nicole says:

    Great job with the crows pose. I am so afraid of that pose for the same reasons as everyone else. I also have no upper body strength. Way to tackle your fears. I need to try to do that more

  14. HoHo Runs says:

    I love your phrase “release the fear”. We are always taught to face our fears, but doesn’t that mean they are still there? I like your take on it much better. Let go of it! Look at you rocking that crow pose!
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  15. Very nice on the crow pose! Congrats on meeting your fear head on and laughing in its face.

    Thanks for linking up!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Running DilemmasMy Profile

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