Fear is not only something we’re told to steer clear from, it’s human instinct to avoid it, right?
If you see a highly poisonous hairy tarantula, you’re going to move away from it. Quickly. You feel fear, and you get as far away from that fear as possible.
But what if I told you that fear isn’t something you should move away from? What if it’s something you should learn to truly embrace?
While I’m not suggesting you find fear through an eight-legged death-wish, I am suggesting you find forms of fear that you can use as a tool for personal and professional growth.
For me, it’s rock climbing.
I recently had the pleasure of writing for Thrive Global about my experiences with fear. I discuss how these experiences have shaped me as a person and contributed to my own personal and professional growth. Funnily enough, I felt vulnerable and a little fearful about putting this piece out there, but I guess that’s the whole point.
“Coming down to the ground after reaching the top of that very first climb, I felt invincible. I felt brave. If I could do that, I could do ANYTHING. My self-confidence soared and I was filled with a sense of accomplishment, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.
I had done something that genuinely terrified me. I had overcome that fear, and I had done it. Instantly, I felt a new kind of competence and confidence that only comes from doing things that scare us, challenge us and that we overcome.
Elenor Roosevelt was onto something when she said: Do one thing every day that scares you.”
About Thrive Global
Thrive Global is a media company founded by Ariana Huffington. After struggling with severe sleep deprivation and exhaustion in 2007, she became increasingly passionate about the connection between well-being and performance. Ariana founded Thrive Global “to go beyond raising awareness and create something real and tangible that would help individuals, companies and communities improve their well-being and performance and unlock their greatest potential”.