Let’s discuss fear once again.
In case you’ve been dwelling in a krag or sleeping under a rock for the past week, the other day a dude in a very cool space suite was bombing through earth’s atmosphere at an astounding 833 mph. Yep!
Um, talk about embracing fear. Can. You. Even. Imagine?
“Fearless” Felix Baumgartner made history with a supersonic skydive. Part crazy-ass freefall but 100% absofreakinfantastic.
From robotics and microchips to crazy Austrian skydivers, I’m simply amazed … spellbound at what humans are capable of.
You are too, right?
Freefalling at 833 mph (Mach 1.24 sounds way cool).
Jumping out of a cozy capsule 24 miles above the New Mexico desert. Um, 24 miles.
Spinning out of control for at least 35 seconds.
And breaking the speed of sound … ( A guy in a space suit adorned with Red Bull logos.)
F*cking crazy, but incredibly inspiring.
I know,… right?
But here’s the thing. This amazing Austrian (a former paratrooper) has some 2,500 skydives under his belt. He also has a certain brain chemistry that makes it a tad bit easier for him to do something like this. Well, EASY is most certainly the wrong word, but you get the picture.
Me? I get vertigo walking around the Space Neeedle’s observation deck.
Heck, maybe Mr. Baumgartner has a fear of clowns. I don’t know, but if he does, maybe that’s his next challenge.
Seriously though, what he did was beyond amazing, yet even with his experience he was terrified. How could he NOT be?
So, what terrifies you?
What makes your knees turn to jelly?
And how many flippin’ times have you avoided said scary thing?
You don’t have to jump out of a capsule, skydive or even bungie jump. You don’t have to get up in front of 1,000 people, ride the Millennium Force or go off the high-dive.
Maybe it’s time to create your first video.
Make that one call you’ve been putting off for weeks.
Actually say “no” to yet another commitment.
Those things are scary, I know. Embrace them.
Not too long ago I finally decided to conquer my biggest fear. Something that went beyond terrifying me, was downright all-consuming and seriously affected my professional life.
So, years ago I simply decided to start speaking in front of people. Going to my first Toastmasters meeting was maybe one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, honest.
But once I did this over and over and over, I got past the fear. It made my life richer and all of the sudden everything else I did seemed that much easier.
Conquering fear is like an uplifting elixir for the soul.
Think of taking on your biggest fear as a challenge.
It might be pulling Dr. Phil’s mustache, going to a business Meetup or simply trying to connect with someone you admire.
It could be just about anything, because we are all so very different. Our chemistry. Our life experiences. The family and people around us. We are all so darn unique and one person’s fear is another’s daily practice.
But whatever that “anything” is. That fear. Why not decide to get off the comfy couch of life and take it on … today?
What say you?
If you think what you’re about to do is scary, take one more look at this man bombing towards mother earth.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.