Lessons from my 10 yr Old Son in Courage: How to Move Past Fear

Lessons in Courage from 10 year old sonNo matter what business you are in, home business, direct sales, network marketing, even traditional sales, at some point you deal with fear. It could be fear of rejection, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being embarrassed, or any one of numerous fears. I learned a lesson from my 10-year old son this summer, when, on a dare, he got on a stage and danced with an 85 yr old lady, despite his fear.

While on vacation my family and I were having dinner with friends on a restaurant patio overlooking the town green, a giant grassy area with fountains and restaurants and shops surrounding it, where there was a live band on stage with about 200-300 people milling about and watching this band.  Well right next to the band was a lone old lady dancing and jamming with the band.

This granny had moves!

She could really shake it and imagine how brave she was, to be the only person out there dancing. And she kept dancing and dancing and dancing all by herself.

My husband and I dared our son Matthew to go up there and dance with her. We said we’d give him $20 bucks if he’d go do it. He looked at the money, looked at us, looked at the lady, and back at the money. He took some time to decide and he was really torn. He wanted the money, but he was terrified to go up and dance with her.

Finally, he said… “I’ll DO it!”

He slowly walked over to where she was, and then hid behind a pole about 10 feet away from her, and kept popping his head out. He’d step out, then hide behind the pole again; then step out a little further, then hide again. The dare was that he’d dance with her just 20 seconds, but he stayed up there for a whole 3 minute long song. The audience was cheering and cheering.

When Matthew was done, he came over to us just beaming! He said he stayed out there so long because people were laughing and having fun, and he wanted to make people feel good and he wanted the lady to feel good too. He was walking on a cloud the rest of the night for his bravery.

What I learned from that is something I already knew, but got a new understanding after watching him.  When we step out past our fear we may experience something so wonderful, so beneficial, that can help not only us, but also many people around us.

We all have gifts and talents to use.  Life is so much more enjoyable when you can break through that fear, step out of your comfort zone and just go for it. You never know who you are going to impact. If you let fear hold you back, you won’t impact anyone. You have something special to give people.

If you are in a home business or direct sales, then get over the fear that stands in the way between you and success. You don’t know what joy awaits you on the other side of that fear. The joy and elation that Matthew experienced affected not only him, but a couple hundred people around him.  More than anything else, it boosted his self-esteem, his self-confidence and gave him courage to do other things as well. This child of mine, for whom things never come easily, most things are a struggle for him, overcame his fear and he is much better for it now.

The time is now for you to break through your fears, your barriers to success in your home business or other business. Get past your bad habits, bad thoughts, and self-sabotaging beliefs. They are all over-rated. The time is now to say enough is enough. Draw a line in the sand, and start now. Get over those past fears and move forward. Life is so much more enjoyable and rewarding when you do.

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Here’s to your success!

Sarah Bailey

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2 Responses to Lessons from my 10 yr Old Son in Courage: How to Move Past Fear

  1. Rick Herbst September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Incredible Matthew! Nice camera work Sarah! Gotta work on your “macro” and “zoom” though. LOL!

  2. Sarah Bailey September 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Thanks, Rick….yes I know I need to improve on those skills. It was a very impromptu event.

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