When was the last time you had the opportunity to try something new, but declined due to your fear?
Whether your fear pertains to something specific, for me this would be my fear of heights – but sometimes the fear of considering something outside of our everyday routine can keep us from life’s limitless new opportunities.
For as long as I can remember, I have had an extreme fear of heights. This fear has kept me from traveling as much as I desire, from going on fun-filled excursions – and even from exploring my home country of Iceland.
Facing My Fear Of Heights – In A Breathtaking Helicopter Tour Of The Reykjavik Summit
One of my many goals in life is to continually face my fears, both large and small. My fear of heights undoubtedly tops my list of fears – but I decided it was time to face it head on.
The Reykjavik Summit is a local sight, which attracts the attention of both Icelanders – as well as tourists who are visiting our majestic country. In fact, the Reykjavik Summit is featured in Hollywood films such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Oblivion, Interstellar, Noah, Prometheus, Flags of our Fathers, Batman Begins, and Die Another Day…just to name a few!
One of the best ways to enjoy the Reykjavik Summit, is by helicopter – so earlier this year I booked a tour with Nordurflug which offers Helicopter Tours in Iceland.
What Facing My Fears Has Taught Me
It’s not that my fear of heights has vanished in its entirety, but by facing my fear head on – I was able to experience first-hand what I already knew – that my fear places limitations on my life. While some might argue that a fear of heights doesn’t really keep you from much, for me the life experiences it was keeping me from were tremendously apparent.
That being said, you may have a fear, and I myself have other fears or limiting beliefs, which have kept me from trying something new, going outside of my comfort zone – and sometimes even from doing what seems most logical.
In fact, it is fair to say that many of our fears are responsibility telling us that our odds of failure or rejection are drastically higher than our odds of success.
So Why Bother Facing Your Fears?
According to Paolo Coehlo, it is not courage or the absence of fear which leads one to achieve success – but willpower. It is this same willpower that provides people with the dedication and determination required to achieve their goals and dreams – both large and small.
If you consider some of the most successful and influential persons in the world – such as Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Gandhi, and Mandela – they all possessed the willpower to keep on going. Each experienced monumental challenges – but they still continued on in their journey.
In fact, what they all had in common – is that they did not expect for the road to be smooth sailing. In everything that they faced, they continued to find the motivation to keep going. They continued on – even when others would have given up.
Life is not easy. In fact, if we always take the easy road in life – it is unlikely that we will be able to achieve a meaningful or fulfilling life.
By facing my fears – I embrace freedom!
If you’re visiting my Country Iceland, I’d highly advise you to spend part of a day on a helicopter venture – even if, like myself, you have a fear of heights!
Question: When was the last time you moved outside your comfort zone? What’s holding you back? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Until next time……