Facing Fear By Taking Action
A few weeks ago was my birthday and my wife surprised me with a trip to an Olympic Park. We took our children with us and one of the things I faced, was my fear. I stared it in the face.
How did I stare fear in the face? I did something that was extremely difficult and scary for me. There’s an activity that is called the drop tower. We walked to a zip line tower and zip line over to another tower, which the only way to get down is to jump off. This tower is about 100 feet high, it felt like one thousand though.
I was going to be the man and show my kids no fear and jump. Well, that was the plan; however, it did not work out that way. First, my daughter went, no problems just jumped off without any questions. My oldest son, hesitated a bit but jumped within 30 seconds. The next person to go was my beautiful wife, no problems; she leaps off the edge.
Every person that jumps, my nerves increase more and more. The next in line to jump is my 11-year-old son, he’s more hesitant and stands there for about a minute. After standing there for a while, he jumps. Oh no, it’s my turn. I immediately start looking for any other way to get down and realize there is absolutely no other way. Feeling my stomach up in my throat, I step through the gate.
They always tell you don’t look down. I want to know how you can stand in a tower and not look down? I look out, and I look at my family below me and realize they look like ants to me.
Oh crap! What did I get myself into?
I don’t know how long I stood there, but it seems like an eternity. I look behind me, and people are gathering and waiting for their turn. Fortunately, the staff was very kind and kept encouraging me and said you could do it. Renee and the children are screaming, “You can do it, dad.”
My son jokingly starts mocking me, come on, dad, you can do it as he snickers.
I start telling myself over and over again,
- “I can do hard things.”
- “I’m courageous.”
- “This leap is facing your fear.”
- “To grow, you must face your fear.”
After telling myself all of these declarations, I stand in my power pose and I inch closer to the edge. My heart is racing, and I keep saying to myself, “I can do hard things.” Standing completely on edge now, I decide I might want to sit down to make it easier.
NO WAY! As I started to sit down, my fear escalated, and I almost passed out.
Standing again, I can’t wait any longer, but I freeze again. My family is still cheering me on but my fear is at its peak, but I can’t stand there forever.
Immediately I start counting down, 5, 4, 3, 222222, 1, leap! My heart races and thankfully the rope catches me just like everyone else, and I descend to the earth below. When I get to the ground, I young lady says, “Good job. You did it.”
I did it. Facing my fear, I did it! However, I couldn’t stop there; I had to honestly confront it and do it again and again until there was no hesitation to jump off. Phewwwww!
Fear Holding Me Back – Take Action!
To stop fear from holding me back, I had to take action. Looking back on my life, I recognized there were a lot of things that I allowed fear to keep me from and the one thing that got rid of fear was ACTION. Once I took action, once I jumped, there was a little fear, but it lessened more and more as I did it.
In life, you will face things that bring a lot of fear. When you start taking action towards those things that are bringing you to fear, fear is replaced with whatever you want to replace it with.
What things are you facing right now that you keep putting off? Face the fear and take action and use fear to drive, inspire, motivate and encourage you.
You’re amazing, believe it!