What Are You Afraid Of?
Overcoming your self-imposed fear
Overcoming my fear of the water and learning to swim as an adult just might be the biggest dragon I’ve ever slain. It was an act of faith, one that I would not trade for the world. Since that day no goal seems to big or out-of-reach, It completely changed my life forever.
You will never know what you’re capable of accomplishing until you go outside your comfort zone and face your fears. Many people never attempt new challenges because of fear of failure and fear of discomfort. Some fear ridicule because of the expectations of others and some fear they will fall sort of self-imposed expectations.
So what are you you’re afraid of? What are you keeping yourself from accomplishing? (fill in the blanks)
I would love to ______ but I can’t because I’m afraid of _______________.
FEAR (False Expectations Appearing Real)
False: Just because someone (even yourself) said, “it can’t be done” doesn’t make it true. You are strong enough, good enough, healthy enough, young enough; don’t let negativity, limitations, or fear rule your life. There is something great waiting for you on the other side of of the challenge, if you dare.
Expectations: Who really cares if you are a slow swimmer or if you walk part of a run? You are a winner just by showing up! You don’t have to win every event you enter, there’s no shame in going at your own pace and enjoying the experience. During my first IronGirl triathlon I took over an hour to finish the Olympic Distance swim. I didn’t care about my time, I made it… I made it to the beach, I swam! No one can ever take that away from me.
Appearing: At first glance you would never know that Scott Rigsby is a Kona IronMan World Championship finisher. Why’s that? Because Scott Is a double above the knee amputee. By all accounts there is no way he should have been able to swim 2.2 miles, bike 112, and then run a full marathon, but he did. Just because something appears impossible doesn’t make it true.
Real: The reality is you’re fully equipped, you are more than capable. The desire to accomplish a challenge would not have been put in your heart if you were not also prewired with the ability to accomplish that goal. You might not be able to do it today, but with hard work, a great attitude, dedication, and belief in yourself you can do it. Does it mean the road ahead will always be easy and without roadblocks and setbacks? No. Setbacks and disappointments are inevitable, but never permanent.