At the moment, I am in a state of flux.
I am reflecting on how far that I have come since the beginning of this unprecedented year; I am focusing on what needs to be done in 2021 to progress my goals; and being honest, I am also looking forward to a change of scenery and heading off for a much-needed break.
But over the past few days, I have struggled with my daily tasks.
I have questioned and reassessed my goals, and then re-established them as my driving force. I have sat in states of inertia worrying about whether what I am doing, will get me to my next set of goals. Some ideas I have been working on, have been sent to the trash bin only to be saved again moments later.
It has been an uncomfortable and confusing time.
It got me thinking about fear… and Jimmy Chin.
It started with me feeling vulnerable.
I am aware of how this feeling of vulnerability can permeate into my life. It starts by not feeling too bad—a slight discomfort.
If left unchecked, though, it has the potential to derail your personal and business efforts completely. I am most aware of this.
Even though I understood this uncomfortable feeling, which I know is completely irrational, I couldn’t help but surrender to it for a little while.
The more I thought about where I am going, the more vulnerable I felt. Suddenly there it was….this horrid emotion that we all love to hate.
I was scared of the next steps that I had to take. Scared of coming out of another comfort zone that I have created for myself.
The reality is that I have drawn myself a line in the concrete. It’s there. My core values drive me now.
There is no going back from where I have come. Fear cannot be a driving force for where I need to be.
So I started thinking a little more rationally about fear in general.
Fear helps to keep us alive.
It raises our awareness of our surroundings, trying to keep us safe in times of trouble. It manages our fight or flight response.
If you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, it is awesome in managing which people you interact with too. It is quite useful when it’s rational.
When you know it’s completely irrational, fear cripples you.
It was crippling me, so there was just one more thing to do.
Watch a movie!
I love a movie that celebrates the greatness of the human spirit.
I am not a climber by any means, but I find the movies that celebrate this particular skill to be some of the most awe-inspiring movies ever. I have in my personal collection various documentaries on Alpinists that have summited peaks all over the world, but my favourite is Meru.
If ever you want to witness the awesome power of the human spirit, this is an epic. Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Conrad Anker set off on a mission to scale the Shark’s Fin. What unfolds is a demonstration of utter guts, pure self-belief, unconditional trust, and a beautiful friendship.
Not to mention facing fear.
Jimmy Chin, was interviewed for an article in National Geographic and discussed this very thing. Fear and its effect on our lives.
Now when you think about Jimmy’s job, undoubtedly he faces fear every time he sets off on an expedition. His fear is rational, though.
He scales the highest and most dangerous mountains across the globe, and takes his camera with him! So, it’s not just the climb he makes; it’s his activity of taking some of the most breathtaking photos you will ever see, from vantage points that only a privileged few will summit.
We often imagine that other accomplished people don’t have the same emotions as we do. They know it all and have the experience to get them through, so I was comforted by Jimmy’s comment in this article.
“But I definitely experience fear, trepidation and anxiety. It’s just a matter of not letting the unknown overwhelm me, and doing all I can to plan and prepare for things I can control.”
Irrational fear calls us to action.
Fear then, especially when it’s irrational, can and must be managed.
If Jimmy Chin has this mindset about his own fear, which you can classify as being rational, my irrational fears of simply taking my next steps in my business are ludicrous.
In reality, fear is calling me to action!
My planning and preparation is the right move to be taking. Yes, it is offering up some deep thinking which often challenges my self-belief. However, when I am thinking clearly, its activities that I know I can do. I just have to do them.
Taking some time out is even better for my preparation too.
My fear highlights gaps that I can either chose to fill or leave them as they are. The question is whether any of those gaps are, in fact, pointing towards my business strategy. Is filling those gaps driving me towards my desired outcome?
I can’t imagine what Jimmy would be doing if he were not an Alpinist. I am sure he can’t imagine it either.
He is most certainly living his best life, living the life of his dreams. Living authentically and aligned with his personal core values.
I am too then. How marvellous is fear!