Over the weekend we met up with some dear friends and went to the Mall of America’s Nickelodean Universe — an indoor amusement park.
Let me just state for the record, I do not do rides. They have never been my thing (that’s code for scaredy cat). I have been known to wait in line, get up to the front and chicken out. Yep, I am that person.
This time it was different though. I didn’t try to talk myself out of the fear. Instead I embraced it. I told myself everyone standing in line was afraid. I reassured myself, saying fear was part of the fun. I imagined how much fun I would have on the ride itself. I told myself backing out was a non-option. And you know what? It worked. I did it!
I rode not one, but two different roller coasters. It was exhilarating to say the least. I didn’t get hung upside down and the coaster didn’t go off the rails. I survived and at the same time had fun! I take that back, I had a blast. I screamed, I laughed, I think a few swear words might have slipped out as well.
We all have fears, you know, the thing that holds us back from jumping in with both feet.
- We fear success.
- We fear failure
- We fear judgement from others.
- We fear being vulnerable.
- We fear rejection.
- We fear being laughed at.
- We fear situations that make us unsure.
- We fear the unknown.
Fear is the reason we stay in our “safety zones”. I challenge you to get out of your personal safety zone and to just do it afraid!
Here are a few fear conquering tips
- Acknowledge your fear.
- Take control of it.
- Imagine the desired outcomes.
- See fear as an opportunity.
- Don’t forget to celebrate your victories!
Everybody is afraid of something, however the most successful people overcome fear with courage and forge ahead. Just like the wise Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”