I’ve read and listened to a lot of motivational stuff in my time. When you listen to enough, overcoming your fears is a topic that comes up a bit much. Your fears are always much worse than the reality. Let me share a quick story of my journey through self-improvement.
I have always been afraid of heights, so what better place to start. I decided that I would go to Six Flags Great Adventure and ride every roller coaster in the park. I walked over to the Green Lantern ride and got in line for about an hour. I kept telling myself, ‘You can do this. Overcome your fears!’ over and over. I was pumping myself up and was ready to go.
That is, until I got to the front and I was in line to be the next to go on. I started to sweat and shake. I was so petrified that I decided to chicken out. Even worse, there was no exit gate so there was no easy door to escape. I had to walk all the way back through the line.
I was so embarrassed and let my head hang down as I retreated through the hour long line of people. “Excuse me. Pardon me. Excuse me.” I continued to say as I worked my way down the line. I didn’t see many of the people I passed since my head was down, but I did make eye contact with a few of what seemed like 9 year old boys and girls who had the courage to conquer the very same ride that I just cowered from. I remember getting all the way through the line and picking up my head to look back at the ride. I thought to myself, ‘There is nothing that could’ve happened on that ride that would’ve been worse than the regret of not going on that I feel now’.
I’ve lived my life with that mindset ever since. Whenever I feel scared and want to run away from a situation, I remember that the fear of going through it is never as bad as the regret of not doing it. Don’t let fear hold you back! You can handle whatever challenges life throws at you!!
P.S. I went back about a week later and conquered the Green Lantern for myself. I have since retired from riding roller coasters and focus all of my energy on conquering the real roller coaster that we call life!
Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂