Have you ever asked yourself:
“Why do I fear fear?”
Is it because we think that fear poses a threat to our lives, self image, or possessions?
You and I would probably agree that we all have our fears. We fear failure; we fear to get hurt; we fear to lose our loved ones. But, does that fear dampen our energy or does it motivate us to challenge our threats? The problem is that we see fears as threats, because we don’t give our fears the value they deserve…
Have you heard of that girl who lifted a car? Lauren saw her dad unconsciously stuck under the car, so she got that adrenaline rush and stormed to help him.
Lauran’s fear of losing her dad motivated her to lift up the car and rescue him, and you still fear fear?
I am sure Nik didn’t risk his life just to enjoy the view… Nik challenged himself and mastered his fears. When he trained, the fear of backing out pushed him to train harder. And when he was on the challenge, the fear of dying motivated him to remain focused.
So, did Nik’s fears lead him to failure or did his fears push him to greatness and making history?
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
~ Mark Twain
Have you heard of Fight or Flight?
“It’s a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival” (Cannon, 1932).
As soon as we sense threat, our sympathetic system releases epinephrine, which triggers physiological changes that allows us to make the right decision; our pupils dilate to make us more focused, our muscles’ blood vessels expand to increase our strength and speed, etc.
Our parasympathetic system , on the other hand, releases acetylcholine, which helps us relax after the fight or flight response, and returns our body to its normal state.
All of these changes are initiated in just a few seconds.
Awesome, right?! I think so too!
Fear is crucial for our survival and in making decisions.
Fear enhances our problem solving skills and creativity:
A man’s fear of losing his partner motivates him to think of ways to solve their problems; a worker’s fear of being fired motivates her to think of creative ways to regain a good position at work.
We fear to ruin our health, so we quit smoking, exercise, eat healthy, and sleep well.
We fear to get bad grades, so we study harder.
We fear to get hurt by others, so we strengthen our selves and work to gain more confidence.
We fear to lose our loved ones, so we cherish every moment we spend with them.
We fear to die as a nobody, so we push ourselves to achieve greatness.
We fear, so we act.
Fear motivates us to enhance ourselves, to take on exciting challenges, to uncover strengths we never knew we possessed;
So embrace it.
For the full article about Lauren Kornacki, who lifted the car to rescue her dad, click here.
For the YouTube video of Nik Wallenda crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope, click here.
For a short YouTube video explaining Fight or Flight, click here.