My younger brother has always been the athlete in the family. When he was 5 years old and saw the diving team practicing at the local pool, he got up on the 1-meter diving board and flipped off. Needless to say, the coach was impressed and invited him to join the diving team.
A few months later (after he had actually learned to swim) he joined the diving team. Since I was only 7 years old, when my Mom took my brother to the pool, I had to go with them. After a few weeks of watching all this diving, I asked my Mom if I could dive as well.
My parents consented, thinking “That won’t last very long, she is too scared…” They were only half right.
I WAS scared. Although I loved to jump in, learning to dive off a 3 meter diving board and learning flips terrified me. But somehow, I was able to overcome this fear.
Each time it was time to learn a new dive, the butterflies in my stomach started before I even got to the pool. Once on the pool deck, my heart bounced out of my chest and I would hope that today would NOT be the day to try a new dive.
Sometimes it took me weeks to try it, only to find out that once I tried it, it wasn’t so bad. Of course I made plenty of belly flops and had the bruises to prove it. But the mere act of overcoming that fear and trying the dive gave me the confidence that I could do it.
I realized that my main fear was of the unknown. I didn’t know what the outcome would be, how my body would react and what the dive would “feel” like.
Fear Of The Unknown
Fear of the unknown is what holds most people back from trying anything new.
Whether it is standing in front of an audience presenting your expertise or learning new technologies so that you can do webinars, videos and have an online presence, it is most likely your fear of the unknown that is holding you back.
Sometimes you have to just dive in before you think you know it all or before you think you are ready. You have to trust first; the confidence comes later.
I was able to trust in my coaches to the point that I represented my country in the Olympics alongside my brother.
The fear never really goes away, but it becomes easier to manage. I am still scared to try new things. But I know that like the Olympics, success comes to those who conquer their fears and get outside their comfort zone.
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