Jump out on faith!
I spoke with my niece a few months ago as she was approaching her 16th birthday. I called to find out if she had anything special planned for her big personal holiday. So, I asked, “What are you going to do for your birthday?”. She said, “I am going skydiving with my dad.”
Now, I am thinking, Skydiving? Who wants to jump out of a perfectly operating plane? But I am also thinking, how cool is it that she will be adventurous enough to do such a daring thing. I replied, “Oh cool? That should be fun.” We continued and I asked if she was scared, to which she said, no and that she was actually pretty excited. She shared other parts of her life and we hung up.
I thought she might be a little afraid once it got closer, so I called to offer moral support. When I asked about being nervous, she responded with saying she was a little nervous but still excited.
After the big day, I called and asked her about the experience. She said, “It was cool, but not all it is cracked up to be.” I am thinking again, skydiving is not all it is cracked up to be. What?
But again, I said “Really, why?” She said “Well, right when we were getting ready to jump I was nervous and scared. And I thought it was gonna be ‘really really’ scary and would make my heart drop, but when we jumped, it lasted like about 30 seconds and then it was like floating on air.”
I was intrigued by the fearlessness of my 16-year old niece. She had enough confidence in herself to know that she would be afraid but did it anyway. The idea and fun of jumping outweighed the fear of jumping.
How many times has fear overtaken us and we stop dead in our tracks? It seems fear carries so much weight that we cannot bear to take the next step. In that very moment, it does not occur to us to have the goal of outweighing the fear. However, if we knew that the fear would only last 30 to 60 seconds and on the other side of that short time frame, we would find freedom and the results we wanted, would it not be worth it?
Here is a thought: Because fear lives in the mind, perhaps fear is not real, it is something made up. If you would consider that fear is an illusion created in thought, you can change the way you think about the situation and act any way. The fear may only last 30 seconds and then you are off to taking actions consistent with your goals and aspirations.
Needless to say, my niece at 16 had a wonderful experience of being fearless and now she is off to the next adventure of life. Fear may not plague her as much as it would someone else because she is willing to face it head on. We as, leaders and businesswomen become of age and begin to think we should not feel fear, or we want to hide the fear we are experiencing. However, as long as we are alive, fear will exist; exist in thought.
Give this a try the next time you experience reluctance because of fear and see what the outcome will be.
Jump out on faith, into your dream, and purpose to see just how freeing and refreshing life can be. After all, the fear may only last 30 seconds or not at all!!
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