The Other Side of Fear

That moment when I am simultaneously shitting myself and wishing these bloody skis could be magically transformed into a snowboard… under ‘normal’ conditions I’d be grinning and excited, but instead I feel fear and apprehension at the steep run ahead.

That’s the thing about commitment – getting on that chairlift knowing only red and black runs can get me down, borrowed boots to big and skis designed for freestyle, not a beginner carver – excuses run wild as the mind searches for reasons to hold back.

But I knew that before I got on the lift, and I knew I’d be scared, and I knew I might fall, and that it could hurt. But I also knew I had to overcome that fear.

I continue to put myself in uncomfortable situations where the fear tries to stop me – because in the other side of that fear is something powerful. When I push through that fear, breathe deep, focus completely, and push the boundaries of my perceived skill – I am immediately transported into flow state – and that is a beautiful thing.

Not less than an hour later I was jumping off the chairlift, hammering over the top of that lip at speed, grinning from ear to ear, loving it.

We stand at the precipice knowing that great things may lie beyond, but those things are unknown and scary, and so we hesitate for a moment, a day, a lifetime. What is that hesitation costing us? What experience, joy, or wonder might we be missing?

Sometimes that first step, or in my case carve, is all we need to get us going.

P.S. I believe that success comes at the intersection of passion and value, and that a strong mind and a clean body are pillars of that success. My goal is to empower entrepreneurs to combine flow state training with adventure sports and yoga as a platform for enhanced performance and creativity in business and in life.

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