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Below is a newsletter that Jon Gordon shares each year. It’s become a ritual and if you don't know who Jon Gordon is or if you haven’t read it yet, I hope you enjoy it. If you have read it before - I hope it will be a reminder to live life to the fullest. May 2011 be your best year yet.
 

NO FEAR IN THE NEW YEAR

No FearTen years ago I looked out into the Atlantic Oceanon New Year’s Day with fear in my heart and uncertainty in my life. I had been fired from a "dot.com" company two weeks earlier with only two weeks of severance, no insurance for my two young children and only two months of savings in the bank. My wife and I had just invested every dollar we had and even took out a second mortgage on our home and $20,000 on a credit card to open what would be the first Moe's Southwest Grill in Florida. The restaurant was set to open January 13th and we had no earthly idea how we would pay our home mortgage and other bills since I planned on keeping my salary and job while my managers built the restaurant business. Now, it was New Years Day and I had no job, no salary and a restaurant opening that at worst would fail miserably or at best take a year to be profitable.

 

I thought of all this as I prepared to jump into the icy cold water-to take a symbolic plunge that this would be the year of NO FEAR. Regardless of the circumstances I was facing, this would be the year where I would trust and go for it. This would be the year I would be bold in actions and faith and humble in spirit. No longer could I do it alone. Now I needed a miracle and I decided to act as if my future depended on me and pray like it depended on God.

 

By jumping into the ocean I was declaring that no longer will I allow fear to cut off the flow of abundant and positive energy in my life. No longer will I allow fear to paralyze me. Instead of fear I would trust.

 

Now, ten years later, as I write this I am preparing to jump into the ocean once again on New Year’s Day. It has become my yearly ritual - to remind myself to follow my passion, live life to the fullest, surrender and to stay one step ahead of the fear that hovers around me.

 

And as I take my leap into the ocean I want to invite you to jump in with me. Perhaps not in the ocean but in the depths of your mind. This jump doesn't necessarily require water but rather a leap of faith in your belief system and a shift in your mindset. The antidote to fear is trust and it is only a thought away.

 

No one is going to push you over the chasm of struggle to the life that you want. God will nudge you but you must take the leap. You must make this jump in your mind and then with your actions. You must make this jump with trust, determination and faith. After all, they don't call it a leap of fear. They call it a "leap of faith" for a reason.

 

You will always feel fear. Everyone will. But your trust must be bigger than your fear. The bigger your trust the smaller your fear becomes. And the more you trust the more you become a conduit for miracles. I know. A consulting project presented itself out the blue and we were able to pay our mortgage. A check came in the mail, the right opportunities came our way and somehow, some way my family and I were carried.

 

I know that 2010 was not a great year for many people but I believe New Year’s Day represents a fresh start and it presents a new opportunity to create the life and career you want. All you have to do is jump in with all that you are and all that you wish to become.

 

Are you ready? How will you make 2011 your best year yet? 


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Comment by Lyn Scott on December 28, 2010 at 12:41am
awesome share Penni !! just what I needed to hear ..I have been dealing with a lot of fears lately ..and I have been "stuffing" them  with food and gained back what I lost HOWEVER I refuse to give up and I plan on facing those fears...I start the new year off with my sons and my birthday (we are both new Year Babies lol) he will be 18 and I will 45 (for some reason this is the birthday that has me reflecting the most over my life ) ...I am facing a cut in my monthly income (by 1/3) and that is  VERY scary !! plus my lil boy is all grown up... I am not where I want to be at this point in my life and I know its because as much as I want change I let fear get in my way and keep doing what hasn't been working because its just "safe" - even as I write this I realize how that sounds but its true...But like him it's time to face those fears and stare them down and move on past them...I keep saying this to myself lately~ Sometimes ya have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down !! Its a saying by Kobi Yamada...Thank you again for sharing !!!
Comment by Claire on December 27, 2010 at 9:01pm

AMEN!!! :)

this spoke to me so much. perhaps the "nudge" i needed! i've been talking about starting my own business for months now, but fear has held me back. 2011 is the year to leave that fear behind and be bold, strong, and confident!

this will be my best year yet! i will be the best mom i can be and keep on keepin' on until i make it!

thank you, Penni, for sharing :)

Comment by Raw Truth on December 27, 2010 at 11:45am
Boy, did this come at the right time for me to read.  I needed this.  I am getting ready to take that leap and some fear had began to set in.  I am also more than ever realizing I want a raw life, I don't want my old sugar loaded life of depression.  Thanks for posting this.
Comment by Raven Taylor on December 27, 2010 at 11:33am

Thank you Penni for posting this!!!! It is awesome and right in line with the books I am reading the the intent I am setting for this coming year!!!!

 

I am SOOOO READY!!! Resolve to Evolve is just the beginning... CEO of my own non-profit organization... expanding my family and living my dreams!!!!! I love my life!!!!

Comment by Deborah Grissam on December 27, 2010 at 9:53am
Amen to that!
Comment by Debbie W on December 27, 2010 at 9:23am

Are you ready? How will you make 2011 your best year yet?

 

Yes I am ready!!!!  Resolve to Evolve is how I intended to kick-start 2011.

 

Thanks for sharing Penni!

Comment by Vegan♥for♥Life on December 27, 2010 at 8:59am

I don't fear anything I have no control of. The New Year is coming; it's how I will honor this New Year. This year I will embrace it and welcome it and know I have the power to control (for the most) my year; like food choices, workout regiment, friends, fueling my mind, body, and soul. The things I have no control over I don't fear. I will deal with them the best I know how; such as weather, employment (which I hope won't change), housing, etc.

GR8 post!

Comment by lisa hudson on December 27, 2010 at 8:43am
I need NO FEAR IN THE NEW YEAR !!!
Comment by Susan : ) on December 27, 2010 at 8:02am

I LOVE Jon Gordon!

 

I love this: 

No one is going to push you over the chasm of struggle to the life that you want. God will nudge you but you must take the leap. You must make this jump in your mind and then with your actions. You must make this jump with trust, determination and faith. After all, they don't call it a leap of fear. They call it a "leap of faith" for a reason.

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