I’ve been studying fear lately. Fear can be paralyzing or it can be motivating… Too often, I choose the former and give in to the fear – unaware of its power or its source. There is a book entitled “The Gift of Fear” which describes how fear is a tool we can leverage. Oddly enough, I’ve been afraid to read it.
What’s the best way to use fear to move ahead? Here are two suggestions:
1. Be aware. Notice when you feel it, pay attention to what triggers it.
2. Make a choice. Realize that fear doesn’t have to dictate your actions.
I’ve been doing specific things to prepare myself. Workouts have had a singular focus. Thoughts have been unwavering.
Tomorrow is my big fear debut: I start Rowing. In a boat. In deep deep water. Without a life jacket.
My desire to learn to Row is greater than my fear of water. I’ll carefully step into a rocking boat tomorrow wondering if that intense, gut wrenching fear of water will ever really go away. I do know, however, that my longing to Row will propel me onward, to become greater than the fear that grips me.
Find your fear. Let it be a source of growth for you, too.
If you need help moving past a fear, try moving your body with a BODYWISE workshop or one on one programs. It will change you for the better.