Rational fear is something to be thankful for. This is the fear that keeps you alive. It’s the built in fear that keeps you from doing silly things. I love to zip line, rope climb and I even bungee jumped once over a rushing, raging river. It’s fun. It gives you a feeling of really being alive. This is what adventure is all about.
Of course my exuberance for adventure was born from an irrational fear of heights. When I first moved to Baltimore, I was involved in rehabbing old Baltimore row homes. In many cases it was necessary to climb 25 – 30 feet up a ladder to inspect the roof. Unfortunately, I couldn’t trust the roofers to give me an accurate opinion on what was needed to fix or replace the roof. I hated climbing those ladders. I was phobic about it.
Irrational fear is making up fears through worry, assuming the worst case scenario at every turn. Irrational fear is a game the mind plays and can actually cause heart failure. Irrational fear can be eradicated through building up your belief in what is true and what is good about yourself and about the world around you.
Here is one of my favorite affirmations: “I face my problems with great courage and thus solve them much more easily.” There are few among us that can say they have no problems in life.
Conjure up a picture in your mind of a group of mountain climbers coming across a gap in the mountain pass. It’s about 3 feet across. By taking a little leap anyone can make it across the gap. But if you look down the gap and see how far you would fall if you didn’t make it across creates fear and panic not only in your mind but in your stomach. Your legs begin to tremble and you no longer have the power to make the short leap to safety. You basically write you own obituary and you can’t make the jump. You freeze. Facing that fear courageously, you tell yourself. “It’s only 3 feet to safety, I have done this a hundred times” and you easily leap across without so much as a second thought.
This is why those mountain climbers or roofers going up those extension ladders remind you to not look down. Look up. Look on the bright side. Draw strength from what you have done and accomplished in your life. Tackle difficult situations head on.
Garey Simmons is a certified health coach, dietary supplement expert and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Garey was able to turn his health challenges around in just a few months by using Omega-3 supplements. Garey is a graduate of the New York Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Garey lives in Baltimore, MD and is the father of ten children.