Crawl through.

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Tuesday night, 9pm. It's dark and the air is chilly. Perfect time to jump into the pool because the water is warmer than the air. Just don't put your shoulders above the water. Can I do a backflip without my nose plugged?

"I don't know... but watch my frontflip."

"That's great, but can you do a backflip?"

"I've never tried because I'm scared."

"What's the worst that can happen? You get water up your nose. You're not going to die."

"Okay. I'll do it." (start to attempt, but chicken out.)

Again with the attempt, but I catch myself.

"Double dog dare."


Attempt, but chicken out again.

Finally summon the courage and do it.

It's so easy I wonder if I got it wrong and accidently did a front flip again. Say as much.

"Nope, it was definitely a backflip. And a darn good one."

Proceed to do about 50 more, until I get dizzy.

* * * * * Lesson learned for about 20 seconds.

* * * * *

I just finished a podcast interview with Erik from Iconic. Something I've been nervous about because I was afraid I wouldn't know what to say... or I'd say nothing more than "um... ah... yeah... you know?" But he still wanted to interview me so we did it.

He called.

I said hello, my butterflies doing backflips of their own.

He asks the first question.

Palms clammy. Give my answer.

The interview goes on and I find myself talking with ease. I have answers to all his questions and feel comfortable saying what I have to say. I find I have more to say than what I initially thought.

I get through it easy. I wonder if I did something wrong because it was so easy.

I joke with Erik and say that I could have done that 10 times! He laughs and we hang up.

* * * * * Same lesson again. How long will it stick?

* * * * * If you have fear, accept it and keep walking. Go through it. Trust that you will come out on the other side.

p.s. My interview will not be posted for a while. But in the meantime, there's an awesome interview with Cathie Bleck that I urge you to listen to. She's fascinating! Click here and scroll down.