Maybe you can relate.
- You want to do something new but you fear you may fail.
- A new position is posted and you think you can do the job, but you’re afraid to pursue it for fear you might be passed over.
- You want a deeper relationship but resist opening up because you fear rejection.
Consider this. A greater version of you remains hidden because fear stands in the way.
Consider this also. A greater version of you is only one “yes” decision away.
When I received the invitation to test drive Porsches I knew this was an opportunity to experience something dynamic outside my comfort zone. Fear and intrigue did a war dance in my mind. Intrigue won the battle. I said “yes” to the request.
On the racetrack I learned 4 valuable lessons about conquering fear.
If you avoid the thing you fear you have relief without rewardI could have caved into my fear. Relief would follow. However, that meant being an observer on the sidelines watching others experience the thrill of the ride. Relief without reward? I would not let that happen. There are two responses to anxiety I share with my clients: avoid or approach. Avoiding a decision gives temporary relief. It also leaves the individual peering through the window of opportunity as an observer.
If you approach the thing you fear expect a positive shift
On the racecourse I chose to approach my fear and get in the driver’s seat. Fear shifted into focused adrenaline. I was alert and in control. The ride was thrilling!
As I stated earlier, “approach” is a second and more effective response to anxiety. Facing your fears head on causes them to shrink. The brain kicks into opportunity mode. Think David vs Goliath. That dude was not afraid.
Trust your instincts and abilities
One of the first things we were taught by the instructors was the design and ability of the Porsche cars to handle speed and agility with ease. We were told that fear will limit our experience of the ride. So I decided to put my faith in the car’s ability. I was not disappointed!
I think a Porsche lays within many of us. What I mean is, we have opportunities to achieve great things if we will simply trust our instincts and abilities. Fear inhibits greatness. Confidence unleashes it. Give your abilities a test drive. Dare to do something out of the norm that you’ve always wanted to experience. What do your instincts speak?
A year ago I dared to self-publish a book to the general public. I shared this dream with graduate students I taught two years ago. On Tuesday I was invited to lecture on my book to students in their internship program. It was on their required list for reading. These happened to be the same students with whom I shared my ambition to write a book. The feedback was incredible. One intern told me she has assigned the book to her client to read.