Facing Your Fears
Fear is one of those things that has a habit of grabbing ahold of you and never letting go.
It’s kind of like cheap cologne. (My first post ever. Go easy on me, it’s pretty bad)
Fear is one of those things that will keep you from doing just about anything.
If fear can convince you that you will:
- Hate the outcome
- Get hurt
- Suffer embarrassment
then fear has done it’s job.
Years ago I was at an event where a company was promoting their climbing wall.
It went about thirty feet in the air and then around the twenty-five foot mark there was this crazy overhang that stuck out probably three feet. (Think Stallone in Cliffhanger)
Basically they strapped you into a tiny harness with the rope anchored at the top all while being held by some guy that rivaled Nitro from American Gladiator.
The goal, once you were about half way up, was to thrust yourself from your secure position and grab a “rock” bolted right on the edge.
From there you climb up the overhang and finally ring the bell in victory.
I can remember watching person after person make it all the way to that scary ledge only to give up due to their fear of falling.
I mean…it certainly was a very rational excuse to make.
It would have been an epic fall back down to the pavement.
As I continued to watch I realized there was virtually no way the guy on the other end of the rope was going to let anybody fall.
And since he wasn’t exactly a twig himself I was pretty sure that anyone falling was just gonna hang in the air for an awkward second until they grabbed hold again.
So…I decided to push fear aside and give it a try.
(Did I mention it was a tiny harness?)
As I made my way to that massive ledge I didn’t just reach for the suspended rock, I actually hurled myself from the wall out to the edge.
I grabbed the rock by my fingertips and then quickly continued up to ring the victory bell.
Where did this courage come from?
Well, just the realization that if my hand slipped and I started to fall Nitro would be down there holding the rope gave me a lot of confidence.
Even though I was taking a risky chance, I wasn’t going to get hurt.
I wasn’t really going to fall.
Question: What exciting thing is fear keeping you from doing?