Episode 99: Daredevils Are Terrified, Too

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“Dar Robinson, one of the greatest modern-day daredevils, was terrified--practically scared to death--with each and every stunt. His heart leaped from his chest; he had to consciously control his rapid breathing; he sweated, he trembled, just like the rest of us--then he did what he had set out to do. This is what you and I can do in everyday life.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Daredevils Are Terrified, Too

“Dar Robinson, one of the greatest modern-day daredevils, was terrified--practically scared to death--with each and every stunt. His heart leaped from his chest; he had to consciously control his rapid breathing; he sweated, he trembled, just like the rest of us--then he did what he had set out to do. This is what you and I can do in everyday life.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

Imagine that. One of the greatest daredevils out there still gets terrified with each and EVERY stunt. I’ve said it several times throughout these Notes but Tiger Woods has said the day he’s not nervous stepping up to the first tee is the day he quits.

*scratches head*

Hmmm... so maybe it’s OK for us to be afraid? YES! And then do what needs to be done. :)

This is the essence of Dan’s Eighth Gateway: Face Your Fears. As he says: “Your major battles with fear are not outside you; they lurk inside, in the caverns of the psyche, in the arena of psychological survival and dark imaginings, where fear shape-shifts into subtle guises such as self-doubt, insecurity, lack of confidence, shyness, inhibition, timidity--a reluctance to assert, express, or even be yourself. Whatever form fear takes, your willingness to face it squarely will determine your fate in the high country of human potential.”

Are you feeling self-doubt, insecurity, a lack of confidence or any other sense of contraction that might be a “subtle guise” of fear? Can you step back and see the fear that might be underneath those emotions? And then, of course, have the courage to face it squarely?