It’s time for Feline Life Lesson #6 – Be Fearless!
Cats truly are fearless.
When I was a kid we had a Siamese tomcat, Thor, who would ask to be let out when he saw a dog coming down the road. This was in the days when people still let their dogs run free in the neighborhood. Thor would go out onto the step and wait for the dog. If it started to come into our yard, he would puff himself up and glare. The dog never made it past the gate.
Cats love to be up high – sometimes hundreds of times higher than they are tall. My cats love to hang out on the roof of the garage or shed. They, like all cats, love to climb and explore.
Cats stand up to animals much bigger and more dangerous than they are. They go through tight and dangerous places. They do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Check out these fearless cats.
How fearless are you?
- Do you let difficult experiences stop you?
- Do you worry about what others think of you?
- Do you let your little voice talk you out of doing things?
- Do you let the size of the obstacle affect your determination?
- Do you quit before you’ve even begun?
Take steps today to be more fearless.
- Practice FTF everyday. Make a list of what you need to do. What scares you the most today? Do your Feared Thing First (FTF). You’ll get it out of the way. You’ll likely discover it wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be. It’ll free up your energy for the rest of the day as it’ll be off your mind.
- Do something that scares you on a regular basis. Everyone has different fears. It could be jumping out of a plane. It could be speaking your mind. It could be making eye contact. It could be taking a class. It could be a change of career. Large or small, do something that scares you regularly.
- Talk yourself INTO things. When your little voice tries to talk you out of something say “Thank you for sharing, but I’m up to something else” and do it anyway!
- Break things into pieces. If something looks too large, break it into bite size pieces and do one thing at a time. An obstacle is much less terrifying when it’s seen as small steps. My cat doesn’t jump right onto the garage. He jumps onto the fence, then the shed, then the garage.
- Listen to what YOU want, not what other people say. History is littered with examples of people who followed their passion, their brilliance despite what all others said and created incredible results. For example, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Alan Turing’s story about breaking the Nazi’s enigma code in WWII in the movie The Imitation Game.
Have fun, be fearless!
Christie Mawer – The Bad Kitty