Two events inspired this post:
- I caught my fear in plastic-ware.
- Scott posted this blog about fear: “What your fears really mean“
I started following @nametagscott a few weeks ago, and I find some of his posts rather interesting. (I think Scott’s post about fear is amazing.)
There once was a fuzzy black spider.
He was trapped!
Trapped between the screen and glass of a giant patio door.
How in the world did he manage to get stuck there? I don’t know, he doesn’t know – how in the world are little creatures able to get into places and not able to get back out?
So anyway, the spider was trapped and all of a sudden a gal with crazy curly hair and glasses came after him with plastic-ware!
He ran away – but not for long!
For she was able to trap him with her conniving ways and then what was he to do?
“There’s a fucking spider trapped between my patio screen and glass door!”
“I know,” she said to herself “I’ll catch him!” and then she ran to her cupboard to get her trapping devices (an old clear cheese container).
The little Spidey Guy successfully evaded her for like 5 minutes!
She almost gave up!
But then she caught the little guy and put him in plastic-ware.
Yes, the crazy girl catching the spider was me!
Back-story about why this is important: Ever since I was little, I’ve been terrified of spiders. Creapy crawly little bastards.
And you know what, they are more afraid of you then you are of them – how do I know this? Well, for starters, he ran away from me, and I’m pretty sure they’ve done studies (but since my focus of this site is not catching spiders, but overcoming obstacles, I don’t think its necessary to find documentation for that.)
But I caught him, I caught my fear.
And then I sat there – facing my fear – in a controlled way.
The little Spidey Guy sat on my desk (while I tweeted about it no less!) right next to my arm.
And I kept him there until he stopped making me feel creepy crawly inside.
Why did I do this?
To help me overcome and face my fear.
I had him in a contained, controlled environment.
I had the control over him, and in turn over my fear.
For those hours, (til I let him go in a bush – I wasn’t going to let him die!) I was able to appreciate the intricacies of my fear; the way it moved, curled up at night and got spooked every-time I picked up his temporary cage.
Whats my point?
What if we took each fear, identified it (with the help of Scotts list) and put it in a temporary metaphorical “cage” to examine it in a contained, controlled environment?
- What do you think would happen?
- Could you learn something about your fear?
- Could you name specific reasons for having your fear?
- Perhaps overcome your fear?
Whether your fears are based in our own life, our business, our creativity, our website or brand. We can take steps today to overcome them.
What’s one thing you will do today to overcome your fear?