I still have a fear of flying. I keep thinking about it, trying to figure out why, but it’s not helping. I’m not closer to any solution. Once in a while, I drive to the airport, I watch the planes for a few minutes, before I decide that it’s worth the risk. I always end up inside a plane, traveling. I haven’t turned away and driven back home, yet.
My gut feeling tells me that the fear of flying is not rational. The statistics tells me that it’s safe. It’s safer than most other ways of travel. On the other hand, it worries me. I keep thinking about all the bad things that can happen. I keep thinking about the technology and I’m trying to smile by telling myself things like; if God wanted us to fly he would have given us wings. It never helps.
We have learned how to fail, and we’ve learned how to be successful, by following a system and by doing what other successful people and businesses are doing. We’re following the leader.
We’re afraid of breaking habits. We’re afraid of experimenting by making people change their behavior. We want people to think of us, and we want every single thought to be a positive thought.
The world has changed. It seems that every second is important. We’re on social media, waiting for people to respond. We’re publishing like we’re journalists, or like we’re all born marketers.
We’re trying to break through the clutter, and earn attention, by doing what we believe other people want. We’re using social media, to express what already works. We keep telling ourselves that we really want the new job, even though the voice we’re hearing is not our own.
What fear is
Do you wake up with a smile on your face, combined with a worried grin? Do you feel that you don’t have any control. Do you feel like me, when I’m about to travel? Like I’m at the airport watching the planes leave and the voice on the speaker is calling my name.
Being afraid is good.
It feels like you’re at the dentist, watching a beautiful painting. It can make you calm, even though you don’t feel that you don’t have any control. You’re afraid, but what you’re really doing is making a dent in the universe by changing your methods, changing your behavior, and changing your focus.
Fear inspires action. Fear is the sign that you’re doing something awesome.