Last week, I was interviewed on the news. This is beyond anything I usually do. As a counselor, I usually sit in a room with one or two people. Listening is much more important than talking in that context, so I am not very experienced at sounding poised. I don’t think ideas come out of my mouth as smoothly as someone who teaches or speaks regularly.
So this was daunting. I just pictured myself “um”ing and “uh”ing, forgetting what I am saying. I was scared. This was way out of my comfort zone. So why didn’t I just avoid it?
Sometimes, when we are faced with something we are afraid of, we decide that we don’t want to do it even though sometimes we do want to. We decide that it is not worth getting over our anxiety to do it. Playing it safe seems easier, so we become less interested in doing things we might enjoy. We miss adventures because of our anxiety.
I don’t want to limit my activities and adventures by doing this.
So, how do you do something that you are afraid of?
Just don’t think about it.
Potentially, there are so many things that we could be afraid of. Losing people, making a fool of yourself, failing, getting hurt, etc. And if we think about the worst case scenario, it might stop us from doing anything. There is always a chance that something bad can happen, but what if we spent our whole day worrying about it.
Some people do. Everyone in the world has varying degrees of potentially bad things that can happen to them. Yet, some people don’t spend their days full of anxiety. Do you know why?
They just don’t think about it.
This is how I do things I have to do, but I am very afraid. I just don’t think about it and keep going. I distract myself. I did the busy tasks that I needed to do to get ready. Then, just took my mind off it until I was ready to go. And then I faced by fear and just did it.
How do you do something that you’re afraid of?