What do you know about facing your fears?
In my twenties being a passenger on an airplane was a vacation within a vacation. I LOVED FLYING!
However twenty years later, I’d rather have someone stick pins in my eyes than get on an airplane. I thought if I could figure out how my fear began, I‘d know how to solve the problem.
So I dug, DEEP.
And guess what happened after I thought of all the deep seeded issues? I was still afraid to fly, only now I felt worse for not being able to fix the problem. Eventually, I got over my fear of flying by taking one action:
Short flights at first, and then longer ones. And within six months, I was good to go.
Now, if you’ve read my posts or follow me on social media, you know I’m not the therapist sharing secrets to create a dream life. You won’t find “How I created my dream life and you can too even if you think you can’t.” posts here.
I lived too long and learned too many hard lessons about life and people to buy into living your dreams schemes.
Take the leap!
You don’t become less afraid of jumping off a high diving board by digging into your past and uncovering the root of your fear. YOU JUMP (fear and all!) and then you jump 100 more times!
Here’s the thing about facing your fears: IT’S NOT A WALK IN THE PARK.
In fact, on a scale of 1-10 with one being easy-peasy and ten being horrifying, it’s 9.99999999.
But, it gets more comfortable with more exposure and more repetitions.
FOLLOW THIS PLAN TO FACE YOUR FEARS:
- Do it on purpose. If you’re afraid of driving over bridges, don’t wait until you’re 200 feet from the Golden Gate Bridge to take action. Plan trips requiring you to cross smaller bridges first.
- Follow a step by step plan. Create a series of steps to help you gradually face your fears.
- Stay through your discomfort. A crucial part of exposure is staying in the situation despite that discomfort; if you run away, we’ll only be reinforcing our fear and avoidance.
- Repeat and repeat. You conquer your fears by repeating the activities until the fear diminishes.
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You got this!