I did it!
I did it!
You know how very satisfying it is to accomplish something you’ve felt nervous about, or worried in some way. But then you did it anyway? That’s what I did just recently.
I was staying alone in the family holiday hut I told you about last week in the South West of Scotland. I’ve never been there alone in winter. In fact, I’ve only been there alone once before, and that was for one night before I met up with various members of Philip’s family to scatter his ashes on the beach.
Now you might not think that spending a night alone is a big deal, whether winter or summer. But our hut is just that – a beach hut, rather a characterful one with various old-fashioned ‘mod cons’, but nevertheless charmingly basic.
This means the water’s turned off in winter because it might freeze otherwise; there’s no electricity other than that supplied by a solar panel for the lights; the tiny fridge and shower and hot water are supplied by gas bottles. And all these needed to be turned on too. Again, not a big deal you might think.
But a very big deal if your husband has always done these kinds of things, or you’ve done them together. A big deal if it’s in the middle of winter and freezing cold (it was -1 when I arrived).
But here’s the thing. I was scared, and I did it all anyway.
I lit the woodburning stove first, always a good idea to be warm. 🙂
I saw the waterheater was leaking, because a tap hadn’t been screwed in. I screwed it tight and mopped up.
I followed instructions to turn on the water at the stopcock and couldn’t get it to work. I temporarily gave up and followed instructions to turn on the gas bottles instead, lit a gas ring on the cooker, and hurray! Gas was working.
Next the fridge – I’d actually done this before and knew it could be difficult. But – and I could hardly believe it – it lit first time!
Electricity was easy – switch on the main switch. Try the lights – yes! So all I had to do now was get the water on, and light the water heater. I rang my brother in law but he was about to go into a cinema to watch Harry Potter and I didn’t really understand what he said. I tried again. No success though, still just a trickle.
Someone walked by on the beach.
‘Hi there, could you help me a moment please?’
‘Sure,’ and he walked up into our garden.
‘I just need you to twiddle with the stopcock while I look at what the water’s doing, it’s just so much easier with two. I’ve been running backwards and forwards the whole time’. He twiddled the T-bar, and I turned on the tap. Water gushed out.
‘How on earth did you do that?’
‘It only needed the smallest of moves, that’s all’.
‘That’s brilliant, I must have been doing it too much and going out of alignment again. Would you like a cup of coffee?’
‘Love to but would you mind if I just get my wife? We’ve always wanted to see inside this cottage!’
And so I spent a cheerful half hour over coffee with a couple who come here regularly and will probably end up renting the hut. Even though they have a caravan at the nearby caravan site, it’s not right on the beach and doesn’t have the spectacular views our hut has.
There’s one last bit to this story. Mice had been visiting over the winter, I could see evidence. I really dislike mice inside houses. Would I manage to sleep the night through without being disturbed by them? Perhaps earplugs would work, then if they did visit, I wouldn’t hear them.
7am the next morning. I did it!
I slept really well, no evidence of mice amazingly enough, and woke feeling so very proud of myself for just getting on and doing it!
So the moral of this story is: don’t let the thought of something difficult, or challenging, or nerve-wracking put you off taking action. Do it anyway, trust that you’ll find a way to cope. Look forward to your own ‘I did it!’ moment, and the repercussions of that.
And I have some questions for you: is there something you want to do that you’ve put off doing because of nerves, fear, anxiety, guilt? Or any other reason?
What are the elements that have contributed to you not taking action?
What small steps need to happen for you to achieve what you want?
It could be taking the next step forward in your business, it could be daring to experience something you’ve never done before, it could even be hiring a coach! Whatever it is, I invite you to take the next step you’ve identified right now.
And if you want some help with that, then please do apply for one of just 5 spots I have available this month for complimentary Wild Wisdom sessions, where you will be able to identify:
- what is holding you back from where you want to be,
- what you need to do about it
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- encouragement to take action!
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