Still Scared?

> Feeling nervous, a little apprehensive perhaps?

> Are friends reciting third-hand exaggerated horror stories and putting you off?

> Are you scared of heights?

Opening the door of a perfectly good aircraft and jumping out from very high up is not something that most people do every day.

It is absolutely normal, and perfectly acceptable, to be scared.

Believe it or not, a good percentage of skydivers have a healthy fear of heights.

But we are not climbing ladders and hanging from roofs here!

This is not magic, it’s physics. From the moment we take off until we land back on terra firma again, we are flying.

You don’t experience vertigo when flying.

And there is none of that stomach-sinking feeling when you leave the aircraft.

When that door opens, if your adrenaline isn’t pumping, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

The surge of adrenaline will fill you with heroism and courage.

That is how skydiving earned the tag of being “exhilarating” in the first place!

Fear (the feeling that you won’t be all right) is a fundamental physiologic and emotional response to danger, whether the danger is perceived or real. It is a natural and necessary part of staying alive.

Fear, and the fight-or-flight response in particular, is an instinct that every animal possesses.

The fight or flight response is our body’s primitive, automatic, inborn genetically hard-wired early warning response system that prepares the body to fight or flee from perceived attack, harm or threat to our survival.

Because survival is the supreme goal, the system is highly sensitive, set to register extremely minute levels of potential danger.

By its very nature, the fight or flight system bypasses our rational mind – where our more well-thought-out beliefs exist!

Sometimes, because of the mind’s endless incessant chatter, restless stream of incomplete thoughts, anxieties and worries, we even begin to imagine and anticipate dangers or threats that don’t really exist.

Mark Twain described it brilliantly when he said, “I’ve experienced many terrible things in my life, a few of which actually happened.” Zig Ziglar, the great motivational speaker, says, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination.”

The emotions we experience are often a result of what we focus our minds on.

When we change what we think about something or how we see it, we can change our emotions about that thing.

There are several techniques to quiet, deal productively with, and overcome our fears (perceived and real). Gaining knowledge of the subject and both having, and maintaining, a positive attitude are the most effective.

Overcoming fears helps us to live in the moment.

And life… is about overcoming our fears and stepping out of our comfort zones. That’s where the magic happens.

> The cost of fear is regret.
> Fear will stop you from living in the moment.
> Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace.

To gain a wider perspective of human experience and grow as a person, you really have to step up and face your fears.

We often build scary monsters in our heads, mostly as a result of movies and media, or we just think so much about something that our minds start to create totally unlikely horror scenarios of what may happen.

Stepping out of your comfort zone (opening the aircraft door) and “letting go” (jumping out of the aircraft) will help you in many areas of your own personal spiritual journey.

FEAR could easily be an acronym for the following:

> False Evidence Appearing Real
or
> Fantastic Expectations Amazing Revelations


You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie


Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
Helen Keller


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain


The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft


Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Virgil Thomson


The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
Gandhi


Have a read of through the information on this website and in these interesting articles:

> How to over come your fears – 7 tips from the last 2200 years.

> Fight or Flight.