Saturday, October 2, 2010


What are you afraid of? How does it limit you from living your life to your fullest?

Fear of the Doctor:
My husband is recovering from a serious illness… which brought on this discussion.
Was he afraid of yearly checkups for fear they might find something??

…. But had they found something, they may have prevented his current health issue!.

There is food for thought…Wouldn’t you kick yourself if the doc finds something that could have been fixed a few years ago if you saw him then?? Get that physical!

But it Expands from there- what else do you avoid because of fear?

Fear of Wildlife:

Some people never go enjoy the outdoors for fear of bears, pity! What they are missing!!! According to the wildlife research institute, people are 250 times more likely to be killed by lightning than a bear. The odds of being hit by lightning are 1 in 4.2 million. The odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 20, 000. So put down the cell phone, put both hands on the wheel, quit worrying about bears!

Fear of Driving:

Well, that is definitely one of my fears- especially in the city. But when I added up all the great experiences I turned down because I was afraid to drive , it was again, a pity. I have since taken the wheel (albeit white knuckled) and have expanded my adventures outside of my little neighborhood. Doing so has expanded my life and independence- What a GREAT feeling!

Sad story of Fear:

In my clinical experience I recently came across someone who admitted she was afraid of intimacy and rejection so she chose to be obese on purpose! (I’m talking 300+ lbs and had a stroke in her 30's) . She DENIED herself health and happiness, just because of her fears! Whoah, give your head a shake!

So Get out there, do what you HAVE to do... do what you WANT to do,
and don’t let fear stand in your way!

And here are a few quotes for Motivation: 

The greatest mistake you’ll ever make is FEARING you’ll make one” . Elbert Hubbard
“You’ll ALWAYS miss 100% of the shots you DON’T take.” Wayne Gretsky 1961

And of course one suited for those ultra-runners;
" Only those who risk going TOO FAR can find out HOW FAR they can go” . TS Elliott -Love it!



EricG said...

Great Post Heather.

Nicola Gildersleeve said...

I love your enthusiasm! I read your recent comment on Geoff Roes's blog. The one about if all else fails, listen to your mom. I laughed out loud. I also loved your comment on Jude Ultra's blog regarding the bad encounter she had with someone at the 5 peaks race. Yes, it so happens that was me and I was having one of the worst days I had had in a long time (so I dont blame her). But your outlook on the fact that it could have been an off day for that person wa sso spot on. Such a great way to think!

Hope to see you around soon. Any upcoming race goals?

smartwool said...

This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. I agree,fear is just temporary, you can overcome it. But once you regret on one thing, it will be forever.
Thanks for this! :)


Thanks Eric !

Nicola- glad I made you LOL! Had no idea it was about you! I do feel blogs are a place to support colleagues with common interests, and not a place to slam them. Hey, we're all human.