When was the last time you went skydiving? Never? Yeah, me neither. Nor is jumping out of a plane on any of my bucket lists. But I’d imagine that the adrenline rush and freeing feeling that people get from doing so, one can get the same effect and skydive without jumping out of a plane. How is that possible? Simple. By learning how to be fearless.
“Living fearlessly means fearing less that which you don’t know than you do dying without using your gifts to light up the world” ~Julian Kiganda
By taking a look at the top reasons people skydive in the first place, we will also see that we can achieve the same things by learning how to skydive without jumping out of a plane. Why? For the following reasons.
1. To overcome fear your fears: For some, skydiving is a way to face their fears. I’ve definitely faced many fears in my life, especially over the last few years. But none of them included jumping from over 12,000 feet in the air. I’ve learned that if something scares me and it’s holding me back from achieving a goal, then I find a way to “do it afraid”. The fear never goes away, it just gets easier to manage as we face it.
For me one of my biggest fears was public speaking. But as I started to discover my purpose, I realized I was going to have to find a way to get over this. So the first step I took was getting up in front of 500 women at a conference to share my experience about the weekend. For me, that was about as terrifying as jumping out of a plane. So go out and do it afraid (whatever “it” means to you).
2. To get that adrenaline rush: When you experience an adrenaline rush, that fight or flight hormone kicks in. I experience that every time I go to Zumba class or bootcamp. But more importantly, I also get that when I make that scary sales call, or launch a new product or service. The increased breathing, the sudden boost of energy can be good things. When I can cross off a big goal or help someone else cross that finish line, it’s a big boost of energy and motivation for me. But getting on a good roller coaster has the same effect on me.
3. It’s fun & exciting: I’m all about having fun and I love to do things that excite me. But when I think of these two words, skydiving is no where close to even being a thought, let alone making my list. I understand that what’s fun and exciting for one person may not be for another. For me personally, I get a thrill from the simple things in life, like visiting places I’ve never been, and seeing/experiencing things I’ve never seen. When was the last time you did something really fun and exciting? If it takes you longer than a few seconds to answer, chances are, you’re long overdue.
In my own experience, I feel on top of the world, and I have a sense of freedom when I face my fears and do the things that excite me and fulfill my sense of purpose. While some people truly enjoy skydiving for the reasons mentioned above, those of us who have no intention of doing so can still achieve the same outcome.
BMWK: What are some ways you face your fears or get an adrenaline rush that excites you?
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