Fearlessness

by Catherine DeAngelis

Fearlessness in action is to watch snowboarding athlete, Shaun White, win the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Gold Medal. Before the winning run, Shaun talked about a new trick that he was going to pull off, so he performed the Double McTwist 1260, and showed the world anything is possible.

Fearlessness is described as a word synonymous with bravery, as feeling no fear.  It is an emotion experienced to expect some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a want to flee or fight).  It is the quality of mind enabling one to face danger or hardship resolutely, as if it is a kind of imagined courageousness, dauntlessness, gallantry, gameness, nerve, spirit, stoutheartedness and simply – gutsiness.

Imagine an Olympian athlete running a race and in the last lap, coming close to first in line to finish.  A win in sight, suddenly fear strikes.  Her demise is harmful and she forges on, but in a state of anxiety. In this state of trepidation, could she blend her thoughts with the love she has for the game, and push with fortitude to splint faster? Allowing love to surpass the thoughts, she soon may find she’s reached the ribbon, arms up, crowds cheering, knowing bravery is what wins the gold.

Shaun White after his gold medal win, told the press “to have all the eyes on me and all this pressure, and just so much going on, I mean I can’t even talk about how much I’ve been thinking about this and I can’t even sleep at night. I am so happy it is over. It’s unbelievable, and I am just happy I was here, happy I was able to win for the U.S., make it a historical day and make my parents proud.”

Remembering the Canadian freeskiing pioneer spirit of Sarah Burke, who passed away Jan. 19, 2012 .

How We
Combat Fear

Many of us have stories to tell on how we have tried to combat fear, either through sheer determination or the genuine will to see something through whether it is to turn out successfully or not in its end.  We walk into it, that dark wall of uncertainty, and trust that through it, are the imaginings we hope will bring us the rewards we have dreamed in our goals.

Motivational speakers, coaches, teachers will tell us that our goals are indelibly reachable. Then our fears will no doubt come in the way of them.  Fears may not allow a struggling person recovering from an addiction to kick the habit on the first try or an aspiring person to get a PhD, find the perfect mate, and have the two children and a lovely home by the lakeside, while becoming an award-winning author. How long could this take, if we are at the mercy of facing fear that is crippling? It could result in a lifetime of regret, looking back and finding, courageousness was not part of our physical make-up.

In spite of Shaun’s injuries, during the days before his gold medal run, he was learning and inventing his tricks, had surgery, torn a ligament in his thumb, and chipped a bone in his ankle, all resulting from taking severe risks and many hits to his body.

Spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson has written “that there are really only two primary emotions in the universe, love and fear. So anytime you’re feeling anxious, insecure, worried, angry or resentful, you’ve left love and entered fear.”

Conquering Your FearsMaster Life Coach and Media Personality Bruno LoGreco in his book Polishing The Diamond Within, A Guide to Self-Confidence, offers major steps on how to conquer fear before it conquers you. He shows overcome fear, and it increases life satisfaction and self-worth.

“The most profound and important thing a person can do to erase fear and access the power of intention is repeating these five key words: I want to feel good!” This is according to self-development and spiritual leader Wayne Dyer, PhD. He adds, “It’s been proven that the thoughts we choose have everything to do with our emotions. I can tell you that a commitment to feeling good can take away a stomach ache, fear, depression, sadness, anxiety—you name it. Any stress signal is a way of alerting you to say the five magic words: I want to feel good. This is your intention to be tranquil and stress free—and it’s a way of connecting to spirit.”

Nothing is Impossible

It could be a physical or emotional conquest we are undertaking, like losing unwanted pounds, running a marathon or sharing a traumatic life changing story. The act of knowing it is doable, and we can succeed in spite of debilitating fears – we tell ourselves and others, rarely comprehending the size of  the words – nothing is impossible!

Shaun White said he wanted “to put everything on the table,  that was what the last run was about – taking his victory lap and then showing everyone in the world on this big world stage what he can do.”  He went off to do this new Double McTwist 1260. It was reported he did this, without having the speed to pull it off. With pure gutsiness,  nerve, braveness and gallantry at their best, it may have been more than just love of the sport that made Shaun shoot way over the top.

Watch Shaun White perform the Double McTwist 1260-Trick, from his gold medal run.


Fear.less
Free Online Magazine

Visit fear.less.com, a free online magazine that is intended to empower people through unique stories of overcoming fear. From entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists and scientists to survivors of extreme experiences, these stories show the hidden potential we have to face our fears and come out victorious. Read examples of how people are conquering fear, in spite of risks, whether they are in immediate physical danger, the looming threat of failure, the pressure to compete in a changing world, the incessant quest for identity, or the overwhelming uncertainty of death. Check out more>> on Fearless Stories.

The Courage to Be Free

Much credit goes to all the many authors who have written on the topic of Fear. We have selected to introduce Guy Finley, who has written many books about fearlessness and helped millions live richer, more contented lives. We trust him to give tools to help work on overcoming blocks we meet because of the fear some of us live with for whatever reasons. Watch this video and hear Guy Finley speak about, The Courage to Be Free.

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