Fear or Folly! Scared or Jolly!I’m going to make a bold statement. The biggest thing holding all of us back from achieving our full potential is FEAR! And what’s so interesting about this is what terrifies one person, seems like a fun and exciting thrill to the next guy. Just look at the breakneck speeds and heights the Winter Olympic athletes achieve for the thrill of their sports! Olympic athletes can teach the rest of us a lot about overcoming fear to achieve greatness (and reach our goals!) What’s sad about this is that for many of us, FEAR stands in the way and blocks us from even attempting new things, or taking the necessary steps to break old destructive patterns. I say this in the first person, because I too am human, and actually conscious of at least a few of my self-limiting fears.
But we always have choices:
- Let the big ugly FEAR monster get the best of us.
- Take a deep breath, move forward, and see what happens…
Olympic Athlete Jeret Peterson has this to say about fear and Freestyle skiing,
"I don't really have nightmares a-about being up in the air, because I love it so much. And you know, the funny thing is, I've never gotten hurt in the air, it's only when you land."Whether you’re flying through the air on skis, or flying through some other mental or physical fear, without actually moving through fear you won’t know where you’re going to land, or when you’re going to land, or how perfect that landing might be… But if just like an Olympic athlete, you’ve done the right things to prepare, and have the knowledge and skill required to reach the goal – regardless of where you land, going up means you’re going to come down so why not land on the other side of your fears. You can’t really decide if it’s fear or folly and your scared or jolly until you’ve taken that deep breath and moved forward through your fear – whatever it might be!
Move through your fear then, you can ask yourself:
- Would I do it again?
- Did I love it?
- Hate it?
- Is this now one of my most fun and favorite things to do?
- How do I feel about myself and my accomplishment?