In honor and remembrance of my greatest mentor, below is a speech I gave during a tribute for my Grandfather’s life.
How many times do you find yourself frozen by fear?
Your heart palpitates, your breathing becomes shallow and fast, and soon you’re paralyzed by trepidation. At moments when you need to lunge forward, your feet plant as though in cement.
“You must realize that fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.” – Will Smith
There are only 2 types of fears in your life that must be distinguished: there are rational and irrational fears.
I’ve gone skydiving, and I enjoyed the hell out of it, but I would NEVER jump out of a place without a parachute. That’s a rational fear that serves to keep me alive.
Most fears are irrational. But in reality, as human beings, we often convince ourselves that our irrational fears are rational.
Rational fears keep you alive. Irrational fears keep you from living. —> Click To Tweet
As a practical action step…find something that you’re afraid of that is an irrational fear…something that’s not going to cause you physical harm, drain your bank account, or destroy your relationship. And then do something to prove to yourself that it’s irrational.
Once you’ve found this irrational fear, make the commitment to get over that “fear” today by doing the thing you fear.
You need to do something that is a radical shock to your comfort zone. It needs to make your knees shake, your palms sweat, and put your heart in your throat.
And when you go to bed tonight you will have done something different, and you will wake up tomorrow with a new past. You repeat that for a couple of days, and you’ll realize that the shit that you’re afraid of is an illusion. IT DOES NOT EXIST.
Here’s an incredibly practical tactic that I learned from my mentor, Jesse Elder…
Call somebody that you’ve been holding a grudge against for years. Call them up and say, “Hey, it’s me. And the reason I’m calling you is because I’ve been thinking about how angry I’ve been at you. And then I realized that for me to be angry at you is like for me to drink poison and wait for you to die. So I’m calling you right now to tell you that I was angry, and I’m not anymore. I forgive you. You did the best you could with what you had at the moment and so did I. And we’re just two people making our way through this world. I don’t require anything from you, I don’t need anything from you. I just want to tell you that I forgive you. Have a great life.”
The power that will be unleashed from that single phone call will be the wind that launches your ship to the next destination.
So are your knees shaking? Are your palms sweaty? Is your heart in your throat? GOOD! Leave a comment below about the one irrational fear you are committed to facing and go do that thing TODAY!
Live Your Life Fearlessly,
Peter Scott IV – The Fearless Fitness Coach
Creator, 90-Day Fearless Fitness Challenge