What is the scariest, most dangerous thing you’ve ever done and why did you do it? Sometimes its crucial to beat fear!
For Chris Hadfield a retired Canadian astronaut,it was going into space. The odds of crashing during the first shuttle launches were 1/9. When you wake up on launch day, you know that at the end of the day you’ll either be floating or you’ll be dead.
After takeoff there’s 8min and 40sec of intense, intense pressure, equivalent to someone pouring cement on you. And then you’re weightless. For Chris it was worth the risk. At age 9, watching other people walk on the moon, he made the decision to become an astronaut.
While in space, Chris went out on his first spacewalk, watching the earth “roar silently with colors and textures”. Suddenly his left eye slammed shut, but he ignored it and kept working. But because tears don’t fall in space, the ball of residue and tears slowly moved across the bridge of his nose and into his right eye. His right eye slammed shut. All of a sudden he was completely blind, standing outside, floating through space.
Once again, may I asks, what is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
A lot of people are afraid of spiders,Take the brown recluse, for example. Definitely scary, but is it dangerous? Actually, Not really! Only 1 of the 729 species of spiders are venomous. And that species has bright colored markings and builds its webs on the ground for your convenience. So when we flail shake around after walking into a spider web, what is the justification? Nothing! I know of people who a afraid of public speaking, afraid of workouts, afraid of lots of things, The spider is likely no more of a threat to you than a ladybug so are many of your fears.
The danger is entirely different than the fear. So next time you see a spiderweb, walk through it. Walk through 100 more spiderwebs,Do 100 times thing you are afraid of and I guarantees you’ll fundamentally change your behavioral pattern, finding your self never afraid of it anymore.
The logic behind:
In training for spacewalks, Chris went through every possible scenario that could happen, effectively eliminating the instinctive response to panic. As a result when we he went blind Chris just went through the possibilities and was easily able to communicate to his partner to pull him back without any fear or panic.
By understanding the difference between perceived danger and actual danger, you can go to places and see things that otherwise would be denied to you.
Not everything you fear is a real danger, some are perceived, these are called primal fears, for instance when you were born you were afraid even of your mother! but constant exposure to her made you okay with her even liking her more as you are more in contact with than anyone else.In preparing to accomplish his goal of space travel, Chris learned how to reprogram his primal fears through constant practice. You can do it too,its natural!
Try listen to Chris David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” and you will realize , fear can be conquered! Beat fear Now!