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Paralyzing Fear Stopping You In Your Tracks? The Key To Moving Forward When Nothing Else Works

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

I was surfing a friend’s Facebook page when I came upon an article titled, “How To Never Let Fear Hold You Back Again.” Even though I had found similar titles while scrolling Google, I decided to see if the writer had anything fresh and new to share.

I read the article. It was good if on a scale from 1 to 10, your fear was around a 5. But if it was a 10, with 10 being overwhelmingly paralyzing, the article fell short.

Because of this, I endeavored to dig a little deeper. I started with the word FEAR. I almost went straight to Google to find some nifty acronym that I could play with, but what came out of me was more spot on. It was Focus. Energy. At. Reward.

You see, I had read the book, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway (the 2002 version) by Susan Jeffers years ago. And while it gave me the chutzpah to go against the grain of my Adult Child of An Alcoholic programming, it didn’t address what confronted me later. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Virginia.

Now for you who have never had the pleasure of driving across this bridge, let me describe my encounter. I was happily driving along, with my mom in the front seat and my teenage son in the back. We were traveling to Virginia to spend Christmas Day with my nephew and his wife. We were laughing and talking as we flowed with traffic up the incline of the bridge. And then, with no warning, there was a sharp drop, so sharp that it looked like we were in a nosedive. It looked as if we were going to fall right into the ominous water below. I was terrified!

I’m happy to report that I made it without having a heart attack, soiling my clothes or having a full blown panic attack. Just the same, the thought of having to drive back across that bridge to get home was torment. So, even though the article had some great ideas for overcoming fear, i.e., feel the fear and do it anyway and change your personal philosophy on failure, two points the author makes in his article, when confronted with the Chesapeake Bay Bridges of life, of relationships and of business, you need a tad bit more to chew on.

That’s when I reached into my experience and pulled out this key. If the reward in front of you is not compelling enough to override the fear, you can’t move forward. One has to find that thing, that overriding thing, that has enough torque to propel you, enough magnetism to draw you and enough glue to hold you.

How to Find Low-Cost Accommodation Facilities/Hotels?

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

One of the things you need to plan for when travelling is a place to stay. Many exciting trips have ended badly due to the wrong choice of accommodation. The high cost of hotels is one reason most travellers end up compromising on the quality of lodgings they book, but this need not be so. You can easily find an affordable place to stay whether you are travelling alone or with family.

By cutting down on the cost of accommodation, you can save a lot during the trip. The idea here is to find an affordable establishment without compromising on comfort and safety. Below are some low budget ideas on saving on accommodation when you travel:

  1. Compare Prices Online

There are many comparison websites that can help you get a good deal including Kayak, Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz among others. By first comparing rates on these platforms, you understand which price range you are going to work with. It helps you get a realistic quote against your budget.

  1. Flexibility on Travel Dates

One of the most important factors when looking for any bargain on a hotel during travel is being flexible. You can use Google Hotel Finder to identify the best time to stay at a particular area. For a leisure trip, make sure you have different dates to work with.

  1. Search for Hidden Discounts

Many establishments have special discounts and if you don’t ask about them, you might never enjoy them. For instance, veterans and senior citizens are given lower priced packages and it is important to confirm from the managers if such deals exit.

  1. Use TripAdvisor

The best thing about TripAdvisor is the fact that you can narrow down on price and location preferences. What’s more, you can read online reviews about any facility you want to book.

  1. Choose Unique Lodging Options

If you are serious about finding an affordable deal for your stay when travelling, it is time to try new ideas. These include hostels, coach surfing, staying with relatives, Bed and Breakfast, temporary rental, housesitting in exchange, home exchange and farm stays among others.

Truth be told, finding cheap and high quality accommodation is not easy, but with a little creativity, it can be done. You need to leverage the broad reach of internet technology to find out all options available. You should also read reviews and testimonials from other travellers to find the most affordable place to stay.