Amanda Johnson

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How to Tackle Any Goal

A few weeks ago, I set myself some goals for where I want my business to be in the next six months.

It didn’t take long before these goals felt super out of reach and unattainable. I started to experience a lot of self-doubt and overwhelm.

Maybe you know this feeling.

Then, I had this incredible coaching session with Jeannine Yoder who asked me a very powerful question which led me to an incredible discovery about what is possible in six months and just what it took to accomplish it.

If you’re anything like me and sometimes see goal-setting as scary because you don’t know where to start—or perhaps it just seems totally out of reach so why even bother—then check out this video.

In this video, I’m going to share with you the powerful question Jeannine asked me that totally transformed my belief about my goals along with the five things I discovered that can help tackle any goal in a way that feels easy and expansive.

No matter what size the goal, the only way to get there is one step at a time. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What goal do you have right now that might seem nearly impossible and what is one step that you can take today to move yourself towards reaching it?

Please take a moment and share in the comments’ section below this post. I’d love to generate a number of ways that people are taking steps toward achieving their goals in a way that feels light and expansive so that others can be inspired to do the same.

Goals don’t need to feel unattainable when we remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other. So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from being reminded of how we can experience more ease and less disappointment in order to truly have the life we want!

If you desire more support in experiencing more ease and seeing where you are already accomplishing incredible things, I invite you to sign up for one of my complimentary discovery sessions.

With gratitude…

Amanda

P.S. I’m getting giddy with excitement to make a big announcement which I don’t want you to miss so be sure to sign up if you haven’t already!

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3 Ways to Live a More Fearless Existence

Ah, fear.

That sickening feeling of not knowing what could happen. The paralysis of the body and mind. That which keeps us from exploring the unknown or living a fuller existence.

We all experience this very primal sensation. It is a biological firing of nerves and adrenaline we experience when our fight-or-flight goes off. Then, we get in our heads and label it “fear.” We allow this fear to limit us, make decisions for us and, more often than not, add an extreme amount of stress to our lives.

The good news? We don’t have to turn this biological sensation into anything more than an awareness to what is happening in the present moment. We can all live a more fearless existence by keeping a few things in mind.

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Part of being present is to remain non-judgmentally aware of one’s mind, body and life situation without attaching to any specific outcome. This can prove quite challenging when entering unchartered waters.

This year has been full of entering the unknown for me. First, I decided to quit my day job without any “plan B.” Then, I recently attended a development program in a different state from where I live and, while there, decided to return one week later to take another 10-week training program. This felt quite uncomfortable. I was relocating temporarily with very little time to plan or even think about what I was getting myself into.

I can definitely say that many times during this year I have experienced a sensation that I label as “fear.”

So, how do I practice presence in the face of all of this uncertainty and discomfort?

First of all, sometimes I don’t. But, I have noticed a significant increase in my ability to live with the discomfort and the fear. It helps me in these moments to keep a few things in mind.

Remember that fear is not reality-based.

The sensation we often label as “fear” is more often than not a lack of information. We then find ourselves feeling anxious about what might or might not happen in the future which keeps us out of reality. Everything happens in the present moment — nothing happens in the past or future.

“The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now.”

It’s helpful to take the time to shift our focus to remain open and take in as much information as possible in each moment instead of worrying about the non-reality of the future.

Ask: What’s the worst thing that can happen?

“The reason why you don’t put your hand in the fire is not because of fear, it’s because you know that you’ll get burned. You don’t need fear to avoid unnecessary danger — just a minimum of intelligence and common sense.” – Eckhart Tolle

When we are faced with something that we are unfamiliar with or do not know which way to go, we can ask ourselves, “what is the worst thing that can happen?” This helps ground us and bring us back to the reality of the situation and not get caught up in the endless scenarios of the mind.

Sometimes we may even be surprised that the worst thing isn’t really that bad after all.

Move through the fear.

Courage is not about doing something with the absence of fear but rather moving through it. Sometimes we experience a sensation in our bodies when we do not have enough information or a similar experience to draw upon from our past. But this is just a bodily sensation.

Moving through the fear means that we experience the physical sensation without labeling it or creating additional emotions or stressful thoughts around it. As Eckhart Tolle says, “You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection — you cannot cope with the future.”

When we let fear drive our decision-making, we are putting our life in the hands of a non-reality based emotion that restricts us rather than expands us.

We limit ourselves when we allow our fears to go beyond the initial reaction. This can happen a lot when we are going to make decisions. And when we make fear-based decisions, we are saying “no” to life rather than “yes” to possibilities.

How do you let fear limit you? What are other ways you practice presence in the face of fear? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below.