THAT FOUR LETTER “F” WORD
There is something every single one of us have in common.
A common denominator that influences our decisions and actions on a daily basis.
Fear is a primal emotion that serves as part of our survival mechanism. It manifests in two types of responses, biochemical and emotional. The biochemical response is very generic across all of us, but the emotional response varies greatly from individual to individual.
Our choices and decisions are, more often than not, governed by our fears, whether we are aware of them or not. Fear of the unknown, fear of judgement, fear of failure, even fear of success.
Think of the last time you wanted to do something but didn’t. What stopped you?
You may be asking “what the heck does fear have to do with active wear?” Well, it actually has everything to do with active wear.
When it comes to being active I often hear so many people wanting to be more active but aren’t. Wanting to wear active wear but don’t. Wanting to lose weight but don’t have the will power.
I hear all of this, and I can completely relate through my own fears.
I recall, a number of years ago, purchasing active wear a few sizes too small. I told myself that “once I lost weight, I would be able to wear them”.
My fear of judgement, of not being ‘worthy” of wearing anything to do with fitness stopped me from putting on a pair of leggings. I had totally bypassed the purpose of wearing them in the first place.
The first time I attempted to run I was embarrassed by the fact that I was out of breath after 10 metres. I instantly became afraid of trying it again, so I didn’t, for a long time.
Fear is the stuff that kicks sand in the face of your dreams. It creeps up behind you and whispers reasons to quit in your ear. It makes your heart race and your palms sweat. It causes inactivity to the point of paralysis.
Fear is primal. The fight or flight response is part of our physiological makeup. It helps us survive when we are faced with a predator or enemy. It kicks our mind and body into gear in a life threatening situation.
But, in today’s world, where we are rarely confronted by sabre toothed tigers or the like, our fear maintains its presence in our psyche, quashing our goals and keeping us in our comfort zones.
This is where you must find your courage!
“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to act in the presence of fear” ~ Bruce Lee
Courage moves us out of our comfort zone holding pattern and towards our goals and aspirations.
So, if you want to learn how to run…what’s stopping you?
If you want to lose weight…what’s stopping you?
If you want to walk along the beach…what’s stopping you?
If you want to be the best you can be…what’s stopping you?
Everyone…EVERYONE…carries fear with them. It’s how we choose to react to it that will be the difference.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Faye C 💕