You’re sitting in the theater with your jumbo popcorn about to watch a man murder a group of kids. Have you ever stopped to think, what is wrong with me? Why am I enjoying this so much? Truth is: we love doing things that scare the s*** out of us. Whether it’s watching horror movies, riding roller coasters, or accepting dares, we love the torture of doing things we fear because it leaves us with a satisfying adrenaline rush.
Jump Into Fears
What would happen if we thought of our fears the same way we think about horror movies and roller coasters? If we jump into the things we fear, we will conquer them and get a rush of satisfaction.
My biggest fear was talking in front of a group of people. I didn’t want to live my life with this fear, so I took the Dale Carnegie Course. I forced myself to take a ride on my roller coaster.
The irrational fear washed over me as I waited in line for the ride. On my way up to speak, the fear increased, knowing it was too late to turn back. I finally reached the top and there was only one thing to do: enjoy the ride!
Dale Carnegie said, “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it…that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”
Facing my fear head on gave me that adrenaline rush. A year later, the thought of public speaking still gets my palms sweaty. One thing is different; I jump at every chance to speak in front of a crowd. That feeling of fear may never go away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride.