Paralyzed by Fear

From the outside, I appeared to have it all. I was a successful high-level female executive. I was making the big bucks. I had a luxury company car. I was traveling all over the country on a company expense account, meeting with amazing people. I put the big smile on my face but inside I was dying.

I had started my corporate career at the age of 21. I had always had the “cool” jobs:

  • I travelled as a spokesperson for the Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay.
  • I handled PR for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympics.
  • I was one of the youngest female marketing executives for one of the top three ski resorts in North America.
  • I travelled around the world putting together multi-million dollar partnerships with the world’s biggest brands.

I had started to identify my self-worth by “what I did” and not by “who I was.” When you saw past all the ‘worldly’ accolades I had, you would see I had lost connection. I had lost connection with my family. I had lost connection with my friends. But most importantly, I had lost connection with myself.

After 15 years, I knew I had to start writing my own story but I was paralyzed by FEAR. One day I got brave. One day I listened to that little whisper and I said ‘I hear you.’

The thing is that I have NEVER doubted my ability to be successful. What I feared was what would others think? I had always been Krista who had an ‘AMAZING’ job. Would people still be interested in me if my job didn’t provide them with pro-athlete sightings and free ski tickets?

My fear gradually turned away from what people would think of me to what would happen if I didn’t listen to that voice. I started to fear what my life would be like if I didn’t make the change and leave my career to start my own business. I wasn’t sure how I would make it but in more than a year ago I made the jump and I thank God every day that I did. My relationships with my family are being rebuilt. My relationship with myself has changed and I’m the happiest I have been in a long time.

Zig Ziglar says that there are two definitions for the acronym F.E.A.R.

Fear Everything and Run 


Face Everything And Rise

Which one will define you?


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    • Margot Stewart
    • April 11, 2017

    Three times in the past three years I have found myself suddenly thrust/dumped into incredibly challenging circumstances. The first two times I found a silver lining, I learned new things, I gained new skills and new members of my village. This last round, “third time is the charm” is still very fresh and really daunting but what I am seeing is that the path is VERY clear, the filters are very strong and there will be no looking back and no wondering what if. This time it’s a gift, a step on the correct path. Yes, I am afraid but not scared…and this time, I have got it! One foot in front of the other, one moment at a time, one piece of the puzzle comes into focus and then I move to the next. Still a long way to go but I have already come so far. I am so proud of you ladies for what you are doing and so incredibly blessed to have you in my village! <3

      • SisterUp
      • April 11, 2017

      This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story. Like you said, it’s just putting one food in front of the other. Taking action. When we take action we build confidence. Step by step! XOXOO

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