Fear of Sharks Can Get In the Way of A Great Swim
I heard some people talking this past weekend about never swimming in the ocean because that’s where sharks live. It was a funny conversation, but the lady talking was being sincere in expressing her fear. She explained that if she never gets in the water she will never have to worry about getting eaten by a shark. And I cannot argue with her logic.
But what about the coolness of the water on the skin? What about experiencing the awesomeness of an afternoon swim? Maybe a little belly surfing? If her mind doesn’t change she will never be eaten by a shark, but she will also never experience the greatness of the water.
Listening to her talk got me to thinking about fear in general. I wonder how many people think like this on other topics. If I never try X, then I’ll never have to worry about Y. I would have to guess that the number is quite high.
Fear rules many people’s lives. They operate out of fear. It dictates the terms of agreement in their life. Fear decides what will happen and what will not happen. Fear dictates a few things to me. I will never skydive because if I don’t I will never hit the ground and die. I will never bungee jump. I’m sure there are more things that I will say “never” to doing. My list expressly relates to extreme sports.
Fear can keep people from fixing broken relationships. Fear can keep someone from experiencing the freedom of being debt free. Fear can get in the way of someone earning their education certificate. In the end fear does one thing…it gets in the way of everything.
If fear is getting in your way I offer one simple suggestion. Think about the worst possible scenario and then ask yourself, “What’s the absolute worst thing that could happen?” You could get rejected. So what? You could get your feelings hurt. So what?
But what if the worst case doesn’t happen? Fear will rob you if you let it, so don’t let it.
Have a great Monday!