Oct 8, 2020

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The #1 Thing You Must to Do to Succeed


I’m 15, ninth grade is almost over, summer vacation is looming and I’m working towards the biggest goal of my life.

I’ve wanted this for as long as I can remember.

I was working towards becoming a certified lifeguard. I took all the classes, spent hours and tons of my parents’ money learning. 

Weekends were spent in the dingy basement of my small-town swimming pool building, learning and practicing to save lives. 

I was pumped. There was one more course to take for me to get my official “Life Guard” title (including the sunglasses and whistle). 

I had just completed a program that required me to volunteer at the pool for 5 hours…


No biggie, right?

Well, in true Dawn fashion I got anxious and chickened out. I got so intimidated and I actually convinced myself that I didn’t want to be a lifeguard that bad because my fear and anxiety was so strong.

The fear of speaking to other people. 

I kick myself to this day over that decision.

Not because being a lifeguard was my dream career and would’ve made me wildly successful. But because I let my fear control my decisions. 

I let what would have been 20 seconds of feeling insecure and uncomfortable dictate my future. 

Literally 20 seconds… that’s all it would’ve taken for me to take a deep breath and walk into the pool to let them know I was there to fulfill my volunteer hours.

Now, before you go “Really Dawn, that doesn’t seem like that big of a deal…” for shy, awkward, anxious teenage Dawn, it was terrifying.

Now that I have a few more years under my belt I’ve learned to squash those fears and move through decisions with grace in both life and in business. 

I wish I could go back and chat with 15-year-old Dawn. Sit her down outside of that pool and give her a pep talk, hug her and then stand beside her and encourage her. 

She woulda made a kick-ass lifeguard. 

But why am I telling you this tragic tale of teenage failure? 

Because I know you have fears that you let make decisions for you. 

I get it, I’ve so been there. If I’m being honest, some days I’m still there. 

But I don’t want you to have regrets and kick yourself about making a decision based out of fear. 

One of the best things I ever heard was:

“Your fear should always be allowed to have a voice, and a seat in the vehicle of your life. But whatever you do — don’t let your fear DRIVE.”

Fear isn’t just going to disappear. If you’re waiting for it to go away before making a decision you’re gonna be stuck in the same spot for a long time. 

Accept that fear is a part of life, but it’s not the defining part. It’s time to make the decisions for yourself. Even if it’s a little scary.

I wanna help get rid of those fears. Are you ready to get a little uncomfortable?  Check out my FREE resources here

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