Does fear score a knock out?

 

Do you remember when you were at school and a big event was about to start?  Whether you were gearing up for school sports day or you’d been talked into getting up on the platform in the school play, if you were expected to get up and perform in front of an audience, fear almost certainly affected how you felt.

 

I remember the first time I felt real fear.  I was 13 years old and I was about to compete in the national schoolboy boxing championship.  I was so scared I hadn’t slept and just before I was about to step into the ring told my Dad (who was also my coach) “I can’t do this.”  My Dad was Irish and his response was “Ah no, you can’t be giving up now.”  It didn’t stop me throwing up, but he gave me the encouragement to step up and overcome the fear.

 

I stepping into the ring as a petrified boy and, three round later, stepped out a champion.

 

Fear can stop you from doing anything unless you confront it and knock it out instead.  If you face your challenge and take the risk you’ll find you can produce great results. 

 

It’s not easy – and it doesn’t matter how you try to tell yourself it’s not that big a deal – the body generates the chemicals that affect your view of the world as it occurs to you.  These are powerful chemicals and can give you all kinds of horrible physical effects (they made me sick) – giving you a great reason not to do whatever you’re facing. 

 

The secret is in the interpretation of these feelings.  Translate fear into excitement and step up to the challenge – you will be surprised at the doors that will open for you.

 

Billy Schwer

Performance expert

Specialist in Mental – Physical – Nutritional Fitness 

 


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