Hyannis Life, October

 Who are you going to be for Halloween this year?  Will you be strolling the streets of Hyannis as a superhero, a princess, a monster, or an angel?  You can be anything you want to be.  That’s one of the great things about this fanciful holiday- for that one day you can choose to be whomever you want to be.  But here’s the great thing- we have that choice everyday.  We can choose exactly who we want to be, and not just by putting on a costume for a day but by truly becoming who we want to be. Yes, it may require a little more effort then heading out to the store and picking out a costume and some makeup, but ultimately we still decide who we become.   It just requires consistency, time, and effort.

You want to be stronger and healthier?  You have the power to decide to go to the gym, eat well and make good decisions.  You want to pursue that new job or promotion?  Put in the work and the hours, and show that you are qualified, capable, and passionate about what you do.  But there’s a catch- unlike Halloween it’s not just one day, we have to do these things everyday.  Every day we have to work to become who we want to be.  Your decisions and actions today lead to the person you will be tomorrow and the legacy you will leave behind.  We can’t let days slip away without working toward becoming a better version of ourselves.

Fear and being scared are other notions often associated with Halloween, and perhaps are also the things that are holding you back from being who you want to be.  I recently uttered the words, “I hear your fear, but I don’t accept it” to one of my athletes who was nervous and hesitating about doing a particular movement in the gym.  She looked at me and we both laughed- I sounded like some sort of life coach or self help guru.  After that moment, however, the athlete conquered her fear and was able to successfully complete the task at hand.  As a coach I knew what she was capable of, and that it was only her fear of accomplishing the task that stopped her-not her physical ability.  By telling her that I “heard her fear but didn’t accept it” it allowed us both to acknowledge that she was afraid, but that we wouldn’t let her be stopped by that fear.

Are there ever times in your life where you let the fear of something stop you from working towards becoming the best version of yourself?  Fear is a natural part of our existence.  It’s how we choose to handle that fear that matters.  Will you let it get the best of you and never try, or will you recognize your fear and overcome it allowing yourself to be a better you?

Pretending that we aren’t afraid is of no use.  Look your fear right in the eyes, and let it know that you will no longer accept its presence.  You will work today and everyday to become the best version of yourself possible, and become the person you want to be.  Nothing will get in your way.

The treats we receive on Halloween never seem to last long.  Despite the initial excitement, they are handed to us, consumed, and gone from our memories in the blink of an eye.  The rewards that we receive through consistent effort in bettering ourselves, however, have the potential to last a lifetime.   Forget about who you’re going to pretend to be for one day, and continue to work on who you’re going to genuinely be each day.  You just might end up being a superhero afterall…

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