Believe it or not, facing your fears is important for your mental health. Fear inoculation, is an essential process used by therapists to help people overcome anxiety by willfully exposing them to their fears over time until they eventually conquer them. ‘Willfully’ is the key word. Using your will to effectively overcome the unthinkable.
What does it mean to conquer your fears?
Does it mean that they just “poof!”, disappear never to return? Unfortunately, most of us know that’s not how life works.
It’s about finding comfort in chaos and the unknown as well as developing the ability to perform in high intensity environments. Fear will always be there but it’s what we choose to do that makes all the difference. That’s one reason why we love to show skydiving so much, what’s scarier than plummeting to the Earth from thousands of feet up in the air? What kind of maniac does it over and over again for years despite the risks? (*cough cough* Matt G.). There’s a reason for that but all in all it isn’t even about skydiving. It’s about embracing fear and managing it, and it can be applied to anything you do.
Managing fear will lead you to live tenaciously, become more competent and most importantly, it will set you free.
What are you afraid of? What is holding you back from living the life you want?
Is it heights, public speaking, the ocean, writing a blog, starting a company, asking someone out; or could it be intimacy or even emotional vulnerability?
Whatever it is we all have fears to conquer, some people are just better at hiding their own. We salute you in your journey to overcoming yours. ✊
Fight. Flight. Freeze or FLOCK!