When we fear, we hesitate, and maybe miss an important opportunity. The power of fear is huge, it is so huge in fact, that it can completely stop a person from progressing in climbing for a very long time. This not only applies to climbing but also our lives. How many times were there in your life that you were afraid, and because you were afraid, you lost an opportunity to do something you’d potentially enjoy or something that potentially be great.
On a more physical level, fear literally decreases our climbing performance. Fear causes the body to do certain things, such as: accelerating the heart rate,dilating the blood vessels, increasing muscle tension and breathing rate. These bodily reactions cause us to become “pumped” quicker, thus reducing our performance.
There are many ways which fear affects us in climbing and life, these are only some of them. As said before, it is important to face your fears. Everyone has to go through it. Try, enjoy the moment. Never say never in your climbing life.”Control your fear and you control your life – Hans Rey”
Ultimately the one and only effective way to successfully conquer your fears is to charge at it head-on. The truth is, fear is simply nothing but lack of knowledge over something. To illustrate this, how do you feel when you’re going for a major meeting or job interview? You may feel anxious and be fearful of the future, the reason being that you lack the knowledge of what is going to happen in the future.
Familiarity is the gateway towards conquering your fear, which makes charging at your fears all the more important; the reason being that without charging and facing your fears, you may not fully understand what you are facing. In most times, fear is merely a facade of unfamiliarity, and our minds often exaggerate the situation; this then creates the powerful illusion of a fear that cannot be conquered.
So next time when you have a chance to face your fears, take it by all means. It may be a few seconds, it may be a few days, it may even be a few years. Sometimes, taking that chance makes all the difference. A single second is enough to change a life, so why not take that chance?Share