Overcoming the Fear

Life is full of ups and downs. With each experience we learn and grow. It is easy to play the victim and stay stuck in a situation. I used to be the “eternal victim” until I realized that I was responsible for my own actions. My mindset used to be “bad things always happen to me.” I was so stuck in this way of thinking.  I could not see that my choices led to situations that brought me pain. Once I learned how to step back and take the higher road, things changed. The blinders were removed and I saw things in a new way.  It took a lot of work, but I changed. And now, I help others discover who they are and change for the better.

All of us are here for a reason.  Some know what that reason is and others haven’t found it yet.  We all have dreams and goals, but many people not in touch with them.  Fear can keep us stuck in the same routine and environment for months and even years.  Where does that voice of fear come from?  For some it stems from lack of self-love, worth or esteem.  For others it is a voice of an abusive parent or parental figure from our childhood.  Giving power to that voice of fear can make it feel next to impossible to move forward.  It holds us back from finding our purpose, following our dreams and reaching our goals.  Some of us feel so trapped in those fearful thoughts that we stay in the same relationship, job, living situation and surround ourselves with the same friends. It can turn into an endless cycle.  But somehow it “seems” safe or comfortable.

The reality is that all of us can overcome the fear.  We all have an inner-strength.  We can let go of the fear and change.  It is just a matter of discovering what works for you.  One way is through life coaching.  A professional life coach can work with you on ways to move beyond the fear.  And in turn,  you will be able to create a plan of action to get from where you are to where you want to be.  “The possibilities are endless with how far you can go!”

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          To learn more about ways to overcome fear and creating positive changes in your life,
         contact Life Coach Jennifer Bridge, ACC for a free intro phone appointment at
         freelifecoachingcall@jenniferbridge.com or visit http://www.jenniferbridge.com

Spring into Action

 

  There are signs of life out there.  The buds are starting to bloom.  Birds are chirping in the morning.  It is lighter

  out longer now that we changed the clocks to daylight savings time. This is the perfect time of year to spring

  into action and do some deep cleaning, de-cluttering and letting go! 

 

 Ready to roll up your sleeves, open your mind and do some work?  Alright! Get the cleaning supplies, trash bags

 and tissues ready.  The plan is to do this from the inside out.  There is a connection between a cluttered mind and a     cluttered home.  Let’s start with the inside de-cluttering of the mind.  How much stuff are you holding onto emotionally?  After some time, we don’t even realize what thoughts are taking up room in our minds.  Like dust, dirt and grime, things   like resentments, unhealthy relationships and old beliefs can be wiped away.  In turn, you will feel lighter, brighter and  refreshed.

 

  Just like the clothes from many seasons ago that still take up space in your closet, old emotional baggage needs

  to be packed up and given away.  If it doesn’t fit who you are today, take a deep breath and let it go.  Begin to

  feel the freedom from within.

 

  When we get rid of the emotional stuff holding us back, we make room for more energy and positive thoughts. 

  Remember some of the old dreams that you buried deep in the back of the storage container in your mind? 

  Was fear and negative thinking preventing you from following those dreams?  De-clutter those false beliefs

  and turn those dreams into reality.

 

  Finding it difficult to see what emotional baggage is packed away in your mind?  It might help to find a

  quiet space where you can sit, light a candle, close your eyes open your mind.  Take deep breaths in and

  out as well to relax.  Ask yourself, “What old beliefs, thoughts, resentments and emotional baggage am I

  still holding onto?”  As it is revealed to you, allow it to come up.  If it no longer servers you, let it go. 

 

  Now lets spring into action on the outside.  Your home environment usually reflects how we feel within. 

  Is your home out of control? Is it organized and inviting?  It is good to take an honest look at the state of

  your home.  Sometimes clutter is a physical type of to-do list.  However, it is not necessary.  Over time,

  it can end up becoming an unproductive way to remind us of what needs to be done.

 

  Start with one room in your home.  Take a look around and decide what stays and gets cleaned, gets thrown

  out or given away.  Those are the main choices.  By doing one room at a time, you can take steps towards

  going through your entire home.  It doesn’t feel like such a big task.  Do one room a day or a few rooms a

  weekend.  Whatever works best for you.  Be sure to make it an upbeat activity.  Turn up the music and get

  started!  Go through closets, reorganize the pantry, throw out expired items in the kitchen, put away the

  winter coats and gear, switch the furniture around, dust off the shelves, clean the windows, fix leaky faucets,

  and spring into action.  (You get the idea?)

  

  If you have things to give away, donate or sell, do it fast.  Don’t give yourself the option to change your mind. 

  This is about letting go of that stuff, remember?  As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s

  treasure.”

Back to School: Discover, Learn and Grow

Every other advertisement on the TV, radio, internet and more seems to be promoting all of the back to school items.  The media bombardment has begun! It has been years since I graduated from college.  Yet I can still remember switching my mental gears from “summer” to “back to school.”  It was a time to prepare, organize and focus for the new school year ahead.  There were new classes to experience, new people to meet and new opportunities to discover, learn and grow from.   Those of us that are done with the back to school days can use this time to reflect upon the things that we need and want to go back to.  Wondering what I mean? Below are some examples:

Back to Goals: How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Remember those? One of my resolutions was to get back into an exercise routine.  So like the rest of America, I went back to the gym once the new year hit.  It was going great for a couple months. Then it stopped.   Hmmmm…As I write this, I am committing to myself to go back to my goal of exercising on a regular basis. I will make it a reality starting this week!  What goals would you like to get back to?

Back to Dreams: Anything is possible.  We all had childhood dreams of what we wanted to be and where we wanted to go in life. What were some of your dreams?  Have you followed any of them? When I was younger, I dreamed about being able to fly and have superhero powers.  A couple years ago, I went skydiving.  It was amazing! I’m still working on the superhero powers and will keep you posted. My point is that it is never too late to make some of those dreams come true.

Back to your Authentic Self: Do you look in the mirror and not recognize the person you have become?  Is your true self hidden behind layers, walls and masks you have used over the years to fit in and feel accepted?  Now might be a good time to go back to your true authentic self.

All of these thoughts started from the back to school commercials.  I wonder what will happen when the Thanksgiving commercials start (wink, wink.)

From Cancer Survivor to Life Coach

One of the gifts I got from being a cancer survivor is a new perspective on life.  Life is full of changes and we never know where one path might lead. I learned how to face my fears and in turn found a deeper level of strength from within.  Through the scans, biopsies, doctor visits, tests, surgery, treatment and more I was not only surviving cancer, but I was also becoming a Life Coach.  Through the journey, I found the courage, motivation and empowerment to move forward in many areas of my life both personal and professional, including a new career path.

My prayers were answered and I got another chance to live my life. I’m a survivor of more than cancer.  I’m a survivor of life! As a Life Coach, I am able to use my own life experience when working with clients to guide them forward.  All of us have the answers within, but some find them easier and with greater clarity by working with a life coach.

Moving forward

That is some of the history behind what motivated me to face my fears, dive in and become a Life Coach.  I also started a blog called Thyroid Cancer SURVIVOR to share my journey from the cancer diagnosis to the cancer-free results.  Now it focuses on LIFE beyond cancer with inspirational posts.

Possibilities are only limited by our minds!

Warmly,

Jennifer Bridge
Life Coach & Cancer SURVIVOR
Ready to Change Life Coaching
jenn@jenniferbridge.com
www.readytochangelifecoaching.com