Swimming Without the Sharks!

I am terrified of the ocean!

Well, not exactly terrified, but certainly respectful... I was at the beach earlier this summer (with @floorqueen and my boys) and I had the crazy thought to swim out as far as I could until the lifeguard did his crazy arm-swinging and whistle-blowing routine that usually means "come back"...

I am a decent swimmer and still in somewhat good shape so out I went... Nothing crazy! BUT, as I neared the floating buoys that were the "safety zone" I had a little bit of an "issue"... I really had the wild thought I might die!
Crazy, YES, I know! But for me... in that instant... I was a mess! (and yes it was all inside my head)...
OK. So here's the conclusion: I touched the buoy, the lifeguard blew his whistle, and I headed back to shore -- goal accomplished!
But to get there... the journey in my mind started back to why I had that fear in the first place.
Here's the 30-second 411: I went to camp one year and jumped head-first off a high dive, which... meant I landed headfirst after a 20 foot drop, got pulled out of the pool by the lifeguard, and woke up on the side of the pool with a headache...
Here is why I thinking about this... Certainly NOT because it is my intent to share all my childhood stories. RATHER, I took away this lesson...
Most of what we fear has real roots:
  • TO activities or events in our past...
  • TO observations or perceptions of life circumstances...
  • TO expected outcomes we hope to avoid...
Think about your biggest fear you have right now, and it probably fits into one of the categories listed above. WHY is that important?
  • BECAUSE overcoming our fears starts with understanding where that fears comes from...
  • BECAUSE how we view our fears can limit our ability to achieve our goals...
  • BECAUSE the sharks in our dreams are rarely the danger in our individual realities...

"I have to believe that we rarely "swim with the sharks" in our mind..." (DEWism)

By remaining in control of our mental state, we can control our ability to perform regardless of the fears that we can avoid... Fear is real, but our ability to channel it can be the difference between achieving success or allowing ourselves to meet failure...