As a child, I was scared of the dark. The dark represented the unknown, mystery, and danger. As I laid in bed at night, my mind would race through the encyclopedia of scary monsters that could be inhabiting my room with me. The shadow of a coat hanger was transformed into a giant child-eating spider. A creak in the floorboards was a murderous kidnapper sneaking into my room to take me away.
Flip on the light, and the nightmares would all disappear.
Fear of the unknown and an overactive imagination was my enemy… and to be honest, it still is.
I’m not so much scared of the dark anymore. My fears don’t hide in my bedroom closet. Rather, they lurk around the corners of big decisions. They wait to pounce on me from underneath an unmade bed of daring changes.
“What if I quit my great job and can’t find something better?”
“What if I tell her I love her and she rejects me?”
“What if my project/start-up fails?”
“What if I move cities to pursue a dream and it doesn’t work out?”
Unfortunately, as an adult, getting rid of fear isn’t as simple as just flipping a light switch to reveal the embellishments of your imagination. Sometimes you have to stumble through a dark room and confront your monsters without the help of light. Taking on those big, mysterious, scary-monster decisions — decisions that mean significant change in your life — is rarely easy.
To do it, you need courage. You need desire. And it also helps to have the love and support of a community. A community for people who are ready to tackle their demons right along with you.
That community exists, and it’s called The Bold Academy.
This is a place where people are given permission to experiment, push their limits, try new things, and fail. It’s a place to receive direction, support, encouragement, and experience to help navigate a world of imaginary (and often real) monsters who show up to impede our paths for growth.
Applications are now open. Is it time for you to flip on the light and chase your monsters instead of letting them chase you?
Nate Bagley is The Bold Academy’s Director of Communications. He loves passionate people, the internet, and high-fives. He loves helping to build and facilitate exciting communities both on the interwebs and off. You can follow him on Twitter or watch for his new pet project, The Loveumentary, to launch soon!
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