"Everything you want is on the other side of fear."
- Jack Canfield
I was personally affected by this topic this past weekend when I faced my fear of heights. I was hiking at Arches National Park in Utah and there were a few places on our hike up to the summit to see some of the arches that my body started to lock up out of fear of heights. The reality is that fear is only an illusion that we have in our minds. It's the fear of what we think might happen in the future, and not the reality of what is currently happening in the present. My fear of heights isn't really the height. It's my mind thinking about what could go wrong in the future moments; what if I trip and fall, what if the wind blows me off, etc. etc.
As hard as it was I pushed myself to keep going, step by step and with the help of friends encouraging me along. The view at the top was totally worth it. It was the purpose of the hike. To see these great stone arches at the top of the climb. I would have regretted not going all the way. Not facing my fears and not seeing what I came to see. I also had a boost of confidence after I did it. I felt a little stronger, and proud that I could face my fear.
This is something we can all relate to. We all fear something. We all have a fear that holds us back from pursing something that we want in our hearts to do. What is yours? I heard someone say once that fear doesn't stop us from dying, it stops us from living. Don't let the fear you have of the unknown prevent you from achieving what you want to achieve, or what you want to do or see in this lifetime. It isn't easy, and it is scary, but you can face it. And if you keep facing it, I'm told that you eventually conquer your fear. I plan to keep facing mine, and I hope that you will do the same.