Overcoming Fears

I am focussing a lot of time, money and effort into improving me as a person along side of my property career building as I believe strongly that the two go hand in hand. As Johnnie Cass is always reminding us ‘positive thoughts = positive actions’ so with that in mind and my daughter, Michelle, taking my positivity to another level we booked onto the Ariel Extreme high ropes course in Milton Keynes yesterday so that I could take my first step in overcoming my fear of heights.

We turned up on a very dull, wet and freezing morning at Willen Lakes to sign in for our 10.30am session. I stood looking at the course from the ground and uttered the words ‘oh that doesn’t look too high up. I’m sure I will be fine’. Famous last words!

Once I was trussed up like a turkey in the harness gear the nerves began to really set it….. up the staircase in the tower to the first level which was about 25 feet off the ground. Michelle, as she has been on this course a couple of times before said ‘I’ll go first and show you what to do’ so off she went out onto the first point and across the rope wall like Tarzan’s Jane…… all of the time my mind is being positive and that little voice working overtime…. ‘I can do this, I can do this’. As Michelle stopped to watch me I took my first step off of the platform onto the rope wall. Legs shaking madly I focussed and managed to get across with not too much problem. The next obstacle was a climbing wall to go across. This proved to be a little more tricky and the little voice started on the negative of – ‘oh gosh, I have no idea where to to put my feet and I really don’t feel safe up here!’. With the support of Michelle (who was brilliant at encouraging me the whole way around) I did manage to get across it and hugged the post once on the safety platform to recompose myself before moving on. Well that course has lots of to offer and I did find the ones that moved the hardest of all but I am proud to say I did it and managed to get to the end of the course in one piece. I still can’t tell you how I managed to get down the staircase in the tower as my legs were like jelly, my hands ached from gripping on so hard and my heart was pumping but I did it.

One thing is clear to me now – Fear is all in the mind…. overcome your thoughts and the positive actions will follow. So if anyone out there is feeling like fears are holding them back I hope this helps you to overcome them and realise you too can reap the positive actions once the positive thoughts are flowing.

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