What skydiving has to do with overcoming everyday weaknesses
Last week, I jumped out of a plane with a parachute. Well, the experience is like no other, but I wasn’t so sure if I could do it. I felt fear, but finally I did it. After all, I believe that each of us has their own jump. And you don’t have to soar up to 3,000 feet to know that. So how to „jump” into the unknown, overcome weaknesses and face challenges?
Evaluate your abilities
Regardless of what you would like to face, it’s always worth being aware of your abilities and, above all, your limitations. If something really surpasses you, you probably feel it in every inch of your body, even if you don’t realize it yet. Listen to yourself and try to get to know yourself. Intuition is a powerful force, it will tell you a lot about your inner inhibitions. And although it’s usually worth trying to defeat them, sometimes it’s better to let go.
Work in tandem
I’m sure that every woman wants to be independent. There is nothing wrong with this, only if the independence doesn’t mean the fear of asking for help when needed. The jump is easier when you make it in tandem – the same rule applies in life. The support system, whether at home or at work, is the basis. You’re not alone. You have trusted people around you, but no one will guess what your problem is. Let your loved ones help you.
Let yourself fall freely
During the jump, you are in freefall for approximately 30 seconds. On average, you fall 200 feet per second. It’s really impressive! In fact, it’s one of the factors that provides the greatest adrenaline. How does this affect our daily challenges? It’s worth remembering that we are not able to control everything. Often the fear of the opinion of others, or the fear of failure, needlessly block us from taking action. What if we allowed ourselves for freedom, enthusiasm, spontaneity? I think that dealing with everyday life would be much easier for us, and we would feel a lot better.
Don’t look down
Just before the jump, what can effectively hold us back is persistent looking down. Although the jump takes place with an instructor, and we know that we are safe, our head tells us a lot of things that could go wrong. It happens similarly in our lives, but honestly, there is no point. I think that we all worry just too much. We create stories of our failures, and believe in them as if they have already become a fact. Watch your thoughts, and when it happens that they overwhelm you, remind yourself of the words of Mark Twain: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
As I wrote at the beginning, each of us has their own jump. I believe that each of us has also their own parachute. Do you know what it is? It’s you yourself. Confidence in yourself should be always in the first place. Even if you fail, you know that it’s just part of a bigger picture. You failed, but you are not a failure. Before you look for approval and acceptance in the eyes of others, turn your attention to the inside. Remember that you are the only person you really need.
Consider only „soft landing”
I don’t like the phrase „think positive”. It seems to me one of the most commonplace sentences, and at the same time, the most difficult thing to do. Perhaps its good counterpart will be the „soft landing” metaphor, and the idea that what waits for you after the jump is the happy ending. If you focus on taking action, and consider only a positive outcome, it will happen. You don’t risk anything, and effectively reduce the level of stress caused by pessimism.
Now, it’s time for the most important thing. Whatever is a challenge for you, do it and see what happens. Find out how it is on the other side of fear, and take notice that you can do more than you think. You will feel proud. I once heard, the brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. I was very scared, but I jumped. I wish you exactly the same.