It is said that FEAR is an acronym for "False Evidence Appearing Real".
How many times have you been afraid of doing something?
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of university students.
I had them participate in a little experiment – a FEAR experiment.
I asked them to close their eyes and imagine hiking in the mountains on a beautiful day.
I used a lot of details so that their minds could create a more accurate picture.
I knew that they could relate to this particular scenario because we live just an hour’s drive from the Rockies.
During their imaginary hike, I had them stop at a look-out point on the edge of a cliff.
There was a solid wooden barrier protecting them from the cliff below.
All that was between them and certain death was this wooden barrier.
Then I asked them to take a step back and imagine that the barrier was no longer there to protect them.
They were now to inch forward and watch as small rocks they had dislodged tumbled down over the edge.
Then they were to put their backpacks down on the ground and make their way to the edge and carefully sit with their feet dangling over.
I have to tell you, that by this point, most of them had opened their eyes.
This experience was too frightening and caused all kinds of distress – rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, a feeling of panic, and a sense of impending doom.
Was this situation real?
Yet the mind knew no different.
Our minds fail to distinguish between a real or imagined event, yet our bodies seem to respond in the same way to both.
The fear we experience is real although the threat is not.
We have just seen how powerful the mind can be, so why not put this powerful resource to work.
What is it that you wish to achieve when it comes to your health and fitness?
What do you truly desire?
Hold that thought in your mind and give it life.
Imagine it for a moment.
What does it look like?
What does it smell like?
What does it sound like? Taste like? Feel like?
Use your senses as much as possible, where appropriate, and let go of your fear.
How would you feel having accomplished it?
Now picture yourself walking into a room full of people and they all know that you have accomplished it!
How do you feel?
Create clear and vivid images in your mind.
Then go out and reach for those goals!
Until the next one, put your mind, your most powerful resource, to work!