Show Your Fear Just Who’s Boss!

Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson wrote a really cool blog about what to do when doubt creeps in.  And since NO ONE is exempt from creeping doubts, including me, I paid close attention to the ideas she offered.  One of them was simply this:  Just jump in anyway and do it – in spite of the fear.

Now I know that’s not the easiest thing to do.  Most of us want to wait until the fear goes away BEFORE we try to do that thing (whatever it is).  But here’s what I’ve discovered:  Frequently, it is the doing of the thing we fear – that actually makes the fear go away.

Years ago I had a substantial fear of heights and I finally came to the realization that I HAD to overcome it. So I made a decision to FORCE myself to confront this fear head on.

One day, back in my modeling/acting days, I was doing a 3 day commercial shoot for a big power boat company.  The models would be in the boat, zooming around the bay, and the helicopter would fly overhead with a photographer taking aerial shots.

The very first day, after a couple hours of shooting, we all came back to shore and the helicopter pilot announced, “I’m going for gas.  Anyone want to come?”

WITHOUT A SINGLE MOMENT’S HESITATION, I said, “I do!” And I started walking briskly toward the helicopter.  The whole time I was thinking, “WHAT? Are you out of your mind? What are you doing? Run! Run for your life!”  But I kept walking.  I got in the helicopter IN SPITE of my fear and off we went.  AND, I did this every single time he went for gas over the next three days.

Guess what? By the time the shoot was over, I can honestly say that, while I still had a few butterflies, my fear was SUBSTANTIALLY reduced!  It really was the DOING OF THE THING I feared – that made the fear go away.

So remember that the next time every instinct in your body tells you to run in the opposite direction!

Helicopter ride anyone?

From your high-flying motivational speaker, Linda Larsene




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Motivational speakers can sometimes offer the practical solutions that would cost thousands and take years of “on the couch” counseling. This blog will soon be decried and boycotted by psychologists worldwide! 

  2. Motivational speakers have to continue to take risks to be credible with their material. So, stay tuned and I’ll show you in my next blog post a feel the fear and do it anyway fun moment!

  3. Some fears are here to stay, however.  In college I signed on for a “fear of snakes” experiment and it really didn’t work.  Really.  HOWEVER I do use that fear as a comparison for my other fears that creep in from time to time and it really helps me to jump in anyway!  Thanks Linda!

  4. Yes, Linda, this is awesome advice. And Bill is right – motivational speakers can save audiences lots of money on therapy. At least those who only need a little.  :)

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