The little voices in our head can really mess with us sometimes, can’t they?
My first experience on Haitian soil was a sense of paralysis. (see video, below)
It was a simple enough problem really – the main languages they speak here are Creole and French (with a bit of English) and my main language is English – end of list.
Since I wasn’t actually paralyzed, I decided that it would be useful to quickly get to the root of that helpless feeling and push on from there. It was just fear. Fear that I didn’t understand and that I couldn’t make others understand me. Fear that I would be stranded, unable to communicate. Maybe even worse – maybe I couldn’t actually do the work I was here to do because I wouldn’t be able to communicate with my teammates. As with so much fear though, once I came to grips with what was happening in my subconscious mind, my rational mind kicked in and the fear got the heck out of my way.
What could that fear have prevented me from doing while I’m here? For starters, it would totally have blocked me from connecting with all of the amazing people I work with down here – my purpose for being here and really part of my purpose in life. I love connecting with people and here I was letting a simple and really very common challenge slow me down from doing what I love to do.
Fear can be so limiting and restricting and often that fear feels like something else when it first appears in a situation. Call it what it is, understand it and get past it. Your solution doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to help you take the next step.
Talk to you soon.
CLICK HERE to read My Excellent Haitian Adventure Pt. 1
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