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 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.
What are some ways you face your fears or get an adrenaline rush that excites you?