Fear. Grappling it. Taming it. And reelin' it in.

As many of you know, I just started a new job.

It's HUGE. I'm talking global reach. As Communications Specialist I will be responsible for creating marketing materials and communicating all new product information and visual merchandising tips to retailers world wide.

These last two weeks can best be described as drinking from a firehose. It has been exhausting and simultaneously exhilarating. And, though I am in the throws of learning and at times feel completely overwhelmed, I know it is going to be wonderful once I find my flow.

Fear and self-doubt have been rising to the surface as I train to replace one of the best. I have gigantic (and I must add, fabulous), shoes to fill in a very short period of time. The gremlins that reside in my mind are chirping away and challenging me to believe that I am not good enough, smart enough, or equipped enough to rock this role. My upper limits are being pushed to the max. (If you are unfamiliar with the idea of an "upper limit problem," it comes from The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Marie Forleo writes an awesome post about it here.

So, how to handle the fear and tame the gremlins?

1. Grapple it. Much like Marie describes in her post on "upper limit problems" referenced above, I gave myself permission to curl up and hold fear close. I did nothing but go to work, come home, and absorb the enormous amount of information that has been flooding into my brain day-in and day-out since I started.

2. Tame it. Secondly, I told the damn gremlins to take a hike. I sent them outside into the freezing cold, and told them they would not be welcome back until they were ready to use encouraging words.

3. Reel it in. Lastly, I reminded myself of all the reasons I was hired in the first place. I took the time to celebrate the small things I've accomplished already and gave thanks for the new opportunity.

This little nugget of wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh helped too:

"Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones."

Here's the thing, fear is natural. It is a sign of growth and expansion and we must embrace it to move forward.

Tell me in the comments below, what fears have experienced lately? What actions are you taking to move forward beyond the fear?

Fear, please step aside. Cheers to celebrating growth & expansion! All my love, P

Patsy Culp

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