Another Every Wednesday Post…
My 2012 resolution is to address my fears. In my more fearless moments, I would say to “attack” my fears as if my fears are a tangible enemy…to be destroyed at all costs.
In my typical wishy-washy, overly-reflective fashion, I started to examine whether all my fears are actually worth attacking. After all I’ve been fine for 40 years and some things, like skydiving or bungee jumping, are not worth the effort. Or are they? Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams wrote an interesting article about his year of living fearlessly. Most of his fears were of the physically challenging kind and he now has more interesting stories to tell.
Interesting stories aside, I do think that when you overcome a fear, you enjoy a huge boost in self-confidence (and overcoming physical fears also give you an unbeatable adrelaline rush.) I know that if I list ALL of my past fears, I may seem like a timid mouse scare of her own shadow, which I swear is not the case. Anyway, I started thinking of past fears and came up with quite a list: public speaking, traveling solo, negotiations, having kids, skiing, moving on my own, all sorts of tech-related things, driving a car, learning another language, changing careers, and selling on Ebay (yes that was a fear…). In all cases, I was very proud of myself afterwards and felt stronger, smarter, just a “better” person for tackling those fears.
Do you have fears that hold you back from living life to the fullest? Are you fearless?