I took my 7yo to a birthday party on Sunday. It was at a place she's been to at least 10 times but when it was time for me to leave she started to cry.
"Don't be silly." I told her.
For the next 20 minutes I explained to her that she was choosing to focus on her fear and not on the fun she could be having. I told her to look at me and say, "I'm going to have a GREAT TIME!" and mean it.
Eventually she mustered enough enthusiasm that I left. The other mothers told me that she was fine when I was gone.
It's no big deal - this is just one of those lessons that my daughter will learn - but tonight I had the same conversation with my brother about someone else in our family.
This person will play solitaire on their computer for 6 hours rather than walk down the street to the K of C where there is a weekly card night.
People, I know it's scary to be brave - that's sort of the definition - but don't miss out on the fun by focusing on the Fear.