Welcome to all of my Moms who have kiddos with diabetes:

Today’s question: Does FEAR prevent you from taking action?

In our lives, especially as moms who have children with diabetes, we live with fear in our everyday life. Mostly, fear of lows and seizures but lots of other fears, too – fear of sleepovers, drinking when they turn 21, college, judgement, long term complications, and the list goes on.

However, fear generally prevents us from taking action.  Fear keeps us exactly where we are. FEAR is the reason we need courage. Courage doesn’t exist without fear.

Fear is defined as, “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.”  If fear is just an unpleasant emotion caused by a belief, we can get over that.

Most goals in life worth doing are going to put you in a place of uncomfortable emotions. Your brain would prefer Netflix and chill instead of face an unpleasant emotion. But…in order to accomplish goals you’re generally going to have to experience an emotion that’s uncomfortable.

What if you weren’t afraid of fear? Remember, we use our courage to create our capability, and we use our capability to create our confidence. The more capability we create, the more confidence we have.

If you don’t take the first step of building courage, you won’t ever be able to overcome the fear that is a natural part of being a human being.

If you aren’t experiencing fear and you’re not having to use courage, you aren’t asking enough of yourself. Having a child with diabetes can cause you to live in fear every day or you can use it to build up your courage and capabilities.

You get to decide what that fear does in your life. You get to decide if that fear stops you from taking action or empowers you to move forward.

As I follow @project50in50 – two T1Ds who are “conquering new heights with Type 1 Diabetes” to summit all 50 high peaks in the US in 50 days I am inspired by their courage and their ability to face their fears. Young men like Michael Shelver and Patrick Mertes are amazing mentors to our T1Ds and allow our children to face their fears and overcome them.

Would you like help taking control of the fear or help building up your capabilities and confidence with diabetes? Join me in a FREE 30 minute Exploration Coaching Session! It’s personal and confidential, one-on-one coaching.  Click here to schedule a free session

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