Why would anyone ever cross this bridge?

Karin Goldgruber

We were standing in a public washroom. My hands and knees where shaking. I was close to tears. I was overtaken with fear. All I wanted to do was take off all the climbing gear and walk away. “Mama, you hiked up a mountain when you where three years old, you can do this” my ten year old son Alexander said. He believed that I could do this. I felt like throwing up, and my hands were shaking when I followed the rest of the group, but he believed. So, I went. He was the only reason I went. With a lot of focus, and encouragement from my son, I finished the tree top trekking experience. It felt like an eternity to me. My only motivation to do this, was his belief that I could do anything.

Once we were home again, I realized I had actually enjoyed the experience.I had this rush of emotion. I had done it, I was so proud of myself. I was feeling elated the next two days. I was so proud of my accomplishment.

As a highly Sensitive Person (HSP) it is very easy to step back from challenges, for the sake of feeling comfortable. Not realizing that our comfort zone shrinks every time we shy away from something that makes us nervous. It can come to a point where our comfort zone can feel like a cocoon or rather a sarcophagus. We don’t even notice that we buried ourselves alive. It isn’t easy to do things that are uncomfortable.

Just imagine how many opportunities you can miss. Take small steps and notice the fears that come up. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Don’t let your fears make your comfort zone smaller day by day. Stay outside of your comfort zone, until it becomes comfortable. Then, step outside again.

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About the Author

Karin is a proud mother of two, a business owner, an immigrant, an avid hiker, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and many other things. Growing up in Austria, she always felt she was different from others around her, but never quite knew why. It was only in her 40’s that Karin discovered the term HSP, what it meant, and how it applied to her. Gaining this new perspective has helped Karin to better understand herself and how others see her. Soon after learning about HSP’s, Karin learned about Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which she has found is very helpful in addressing negative beliefs about herself and her past experiences. With her blogs and her business, Next Step Coaching, Karin seeks to help others learn more about HSPs, themselves, their beliefs about themselves, and to achieve the growth that she herself was able to realize by applying EFT. When writing her Blogs and working with clients, Karin does not seek to provide the answers, but rather to help her readers and clients find their own personal solutions for their unique circumstances.

Karin is a proud mother of two, a business owner, an immigrant, an avid hiker, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and many other things….

Growing up in Austria Karin is a proud mother of two, a business owner, an immigrant, an avid hiker, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and many other things. Growing up in Austria, she always felt she was different from others around her, but never quite knew why. It was only in her 40’s that Karin discovered the term HSP, what it meant, and how it applied to her. Gaining this new perspective has helped Karin to better understand herself and how others see her. Soon after learning about HSP’s, Karin learned about Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which she has found is very helpful in addressing negative beliefs about herself and her past experiences. With her blogs and her business, Next Step Coaching, Karin seeks to help others learn more about HSPs, themselves, their beliefs about themselves, and to achieve the growth that she herself was able to realize by applying EFT. When writing her Blogs and working with clients, Karin does not seek to provide the answers, but rather to help her readers and clients find their own personal solutions for their unique circumstances.