Tip #67: When faced with something that causes you fear, just do it.
The why: Anxiety is a constant stream of ‘what ifs’.
It surrounds your mind with doubt and questions, filling it with fear like some sort of awful kettle.
The longer you think about something, the more it boils, getting louder and louder and louder in your mind until the whistling of the steam becomes a screech.
The best way to silence your mind is just to do it.
A terrifying thought I know, but hear me out for a second.
If you go into manual override and do the scary thing before your brain has a chance to notice what’s happening, it will stop the negative spin-cycle in its tracks.
By doing it despite the fear, it proves to your brain that there is nothing to be afraid of, and reduces your anxiety around doing that thing in the future.
Imagine this for a moment:
You’re standing on the edge of a plane, wind whistling through your hair, 10,000 feet up in the air. You’re about to do a charity skydive.
What do the instructors give as their number one tip?
Don’t think, just do.
The longer you wait up there, the more likely your brain is going to realise how high up it is. You will give yourself time to scare yourself out of it.
Even though the safety equipment will work, even though hundreds of people have taken part before you, even though the instructor has been through this a thousand times, your brain will still find ways to trick you.
Don’t even give your mind the time to find a million reasons not to do it.
Next time you’re about to do something that scares you: don’t think, just do.