Fear. What is exactly is it that we are scared of? When we were little we were scared of the dark, yet as adults we know there no such thing as monsters living in our closets . . . or is there?
Fear is not being scared of a certain object or thing something living in our closets, but it is the fear of the unknown.
There are many different types of fear. It may be that you are scared of pain, scared of failing or scared of success. Yet the future cannot be predicted. Despite the different types of fears, we all have fears to conquer.
If we don’t face these fears, it will slowly grow into monsters similar to the ones lurking in our childhood closets. Instead of living inside a closet it starts to live inside of us slowing take over who we are and robbing us from who we are meant be.
Many of us have a burning desire living in us, a childhood dream to climb Mt Rainer, or it may be to do a first triathlon or simply to be able to go up stairs without pain. Yet there is something that is all holding us back and that is fear. Fear of the “what if.” What if I fall and hurt myself climbing? What if I can’t finish the triathlon race? What if I will always have to live with pain?
The “what if” question is a true thought that has gone through each and every one of us in different aspects of our lives facing different fears. We are ultimately asking to know the unknown future.
The fears are real and there is good reason. Acknowledging this is the first step. The second step is giving it the respect the fear it deserves. Respect the fear by preparing and taking the right precautions for it.
Being a Personal Trainer, I enjoy the process of preparing myself and my clients to lift heavy or do a heavy kettlebell swing. Sometimes the weights can be intimating and the thought of “what if” starts to play and fear slowly takes over the mind, the fear monster robs you from your potential.
Just like the sound track of Jaws the fear of possible injuries plays as one beat, another beat fear of not being able to lift the weight plays, and the last beat fear of successfully lifting the weight. duunnn dunnn… duuuunnnn duun… duuunnnnnnnn dun
Instead of it being a fear factor let it turn into a fear focus. Focusing on the correct form and knowing you are properly prepared develops confidence. Believing in yourself is mentally training what I like to call developing your “Iron Will”. Once you have the confidence, you start to overtake all types of fears in your life.
As you develop an “Iron Will” as you train, use these tactics on focusing on the right precautions and the correct steps to chase your dreams while concurring your fears.