If I had let fear stop me, I would never have done what I’ve been able to do and achieved what I have.
Fear can be the very thing that holds us back from doing great things and tapping into the greatness and potential that lies within ourselves.
When I lived in Australia, I used to do downhill mountain bike racing. And it wasn’t about being fearless. In fact, it was about using my fear as a resource to push myself through to the next level of riding. I knew that it was fear that stood between me and the rock face or the drop that I wanted to clear. And if I could do those things, that meant that I could push beyond my fears. And if I could push beyond my fears, well then I would be free and that’s the ultimate feeling, to be absolutely free. And that’s why I ride, because I get to do that every time I get out on my bike.
And looping into personal and professional life, it’s no different. In fact, I get to use what I learn through riding and apply it to the other things where fear comes up:
- Changing my career at 40
- Learning a new profession
- Signing up for a half-marathon
- Opening my heart to love again
- Facilitating a workshop for the first time
- Creating an online course and hoping people will buy it
- Putting my heart into my work and trusting that’s the way
So my question to you is if fear wasn’t stopping you right now, what would you want to do, create or change? And if you could find a way to overcome that fear, would you?