22 May 2012
Fearful Furniture - Is your fear folding you back from doing something truly amazing?
After living in a house for 4 years, I decided to move my dining
room setting out of the middle of a walkway - strange idea, I know
- so that I didn't have to pull a ninja move in my sleep deprived
stupor every morning on my way to the coffee machine. Problem is,
after having it in one place for so long, I still pull the same
strange manoeuvre every morning because, in my head, it's still
Determined to rid this act from my morning routine, I decided to
take action and forcibly remove the setting from my mental image of
the room. After about 2 weeks of some very harsh words with myself
and retracing my steps, I managed to pull it off. Mental image
What I realised after this exercise is that it's actually not
that dissimilar to how the mind responds to fear. If you have it in
some place in your mind, it will continue to alter your course of
action, causing you to swerve in a different direction than you
originally would have taken.
When you are afraid you put in place safe guards, you don't take
risks, you withdraw from the situation and perform a mental ninja
move instead of taking a straight path.
You may be afraid to make the commitment, change jobs, jump out
of a plane (Do it! It's fun.), make a business altering decision or
assert yourself to get what you want.
What I wonder is what you're missing out on every time you fail
to take the straight path. What does fear prevent you from doing?
Is the potential consequence of a misstep as treacherous as you
believe it to be?
Here is my challenge for you. Retrace your steps, shift the
mental furniture and find out what is causing your mental ninja
Is your fear folding you back from doing something truly