What would you do if you didn’t have a fear of failing…or succeeding. FEAR is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real created by the stories that we tell ourselves and the crap that we allow into our lives from others.
After seeing the movie Dropzone in 1994, I wanted desperately to go skydiving – it looked like a lot of fun. Last year, I finally went and it is was one of the most beautiful, calm and surreal experiences of my life. Now, let me say that I wasn’t ever afraid to jump out of a perfectly good airplane from 14,400 feet in the air at a speed of 125 m.p.h. However, I allowed the concerns of others interfere with me getting out sooner; more recently my husband.
Once I got over the excitement of the jump and the overall experience, it hit me like a ton of bricks. How many things do people miss out on because of their fear and story? Had I been afraid, I would’ve missed out on a great experience. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my share of fear, and it’s stopped me from moving forward and making things happen in my life. Eventually, I learned is that you can’t be fearful and faithful, you have to pick a side.
Think about the first time you got in trouble in school, had an accident or even a job interview. Your mind immediately went to work telling you all of the things would happen: punishment, rates going up or you don’t get the job. Once you faced it, it wasn’t as bad as you thought.
When people think of skydiving, they think you’re going to fall to the ground and go SPAT!!!! In fact, I still don’t know what 125mph falling from the sky should feel like, but what I do know is that I wasn’t falling, barreling down. Honestly, I felt like I was soaring through the sky like a bird.
The point is fear WILL cripple you, stunt your growth and cause you to procrastinate. The fact is that when this happens, it doesn’t serve you, your family, your goals or your dreams.
Ask yourself and be honest, what would I do, feel or experience if I wasn’t afraid? Process it and then challenge yourself to look FEAR in the face and take back your POWER! You CAN do, be or have it!!! Heck, even if you fail at something, you succeeded because you took a chance. Get the lesson from the failure, do it again then celebrate your success.
“Do not let your fears choose your destiny.” ~ Unknown