Are You Ready to Jump In When You Have Something Scary to Do?

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Often the fear of doing something is much worse than actually doing it. Keep in mind that it’s only once that you have to do something for the first time. After that, it begins to become old hat.

When I was a kid taking swimming lessons, I had a great fear of jumping off the diving board into the deep end of the pool, but I had to do it if I wanted to advance in the program. One day, I decided to just hold my nose and jump in to get it over with. I managed to come to the surface and learned that it was not nearly as bad as I’d thought. After that first try, it got a lot easier.

I still mentally hold my nose and jump in when I have something scary to do. I know that once I live through that first time, it’ll be a little less scary after that.


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