We all have fear, I have fear daily about many things. The question is do we let our fear paralyse us or do we harness its energy and let it drive us forward.
There are so many reasons to be fearful. Fear of failure, fear of injury, fear of embarrassment, fear of poor decisions. However, nothing changes if nothing changes, often I’m fearful going into new situations or even when I meet a new patient for the first time, what I am asking is what do we do with that fear.
A prime example has been skiing this week with my children. I haven’t skied for ten years as I have been either having IVF, or pregnant or bringing up small children.
I’m heavier than I was, I’m more tired and there was a degree of doubt as to whether I would be able to do the black runs as before. I did however do what I always do and grabbed a metaphorical straw, sucked up the fear and did it anyway.
My daughters on the other hand have no concept of fear and like bullets they shot down the slope tucked in tight, with varying degrees of control.
My best friend on the other hand was also new to skiing and being naturally extremely athletic and strong surely she would take to it like a duck to water?
However this was not the case, her biggest barrier to success was her FEAR, fear of falling, fear of heights, fear of getting it wrong.
We all have our demons and we are all scared everyday, my advice would be f*** it and move on.
You are going to be scared, however the choice is yours, be fearful and do it anyway, or be fearful and allow this sense to paralyse you and halt your progress.
The choice of course is always yours.
I would highly recommend the book below .
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway (Quick Reads 2017) Paperback – 2 Feb 2017
by Susan Jeffers (Author)
Blog Post by Emma
MD, Owner & Senior Clinical Director
Emma James Physio