Push Through Discomfort and Fear, by Emily MadillMarch 24, 2014 “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” -Eleanor Roosevelt This week’s confidence booster is to push through some of the fears and discomforts that can create barriers to happiness and success. I believe that before we can push past something, we must first face the fear or stopping place. This is always so much easier said than done, as it’s far more comfortable to stay safe and complacent in life. It has been true in my life that some of my greatest triumphs have been on the other side of my greatest fears. It has only been through facing such fears that I’ve been able to experience the feeling of success on the other side. Whether it has been in writing, public speaking, relationships or running a long race, having the ‘desire to succeed’ has been the key motivator I’ve drawn on to be able to look fear in the face and keep going anyway. Having the desire to really succeed at something, requires courage and a level of boldness to accept that there is going to be discomfort and fear, but to keep going anyway. In the above photo, a couple of my gorgeous running partners and I made a pact to run the Goddess half marathon run together. We would start and finish together, no matter what! We all had run numerous races before, the only difference here is that it would be the first time each of us would set our egos aside and run a race purely for fun, together as a team and without having a ‘personal best race time’ as the main goal. Our goal was to have fun!