It’s O.K. to be Afraid

It’s O.K. to be Afraid

Of all the emotions I’ve felt throughout my life, one I really regret is fear. Well, no. I don’t regret feeling fear, necessarily. Fear can be helpful in certain situations – like when danger occurs and triggers your “flight or fight” mechanism.

So, I should say that I regret those times when I let fear (of the unknown) stop me from taking powerful action.

Here are some hypothetical examples of what I’m talking about.

  • Maybe you had a job offer that seemed enticing, but some risky element kept you in an unfulfilling (but safe) situation.
  • Have you stayed in a lifeless relationship because you were afraid you’d never find another companion?
  • Have you ever wanted to do a triathlon or Ironman but were too afraid of how it might feel learning a new skill you may not be great at yet?

I used to make those decisions too often. And then I looked closer and found that sometimes my fear had actually been just anxiety or uncertainty. And I looked at friends who had succeeded despite their similar worries.

You know, courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s acknowledging the fear and doing the right thing anyway.

So, what are you afraid of that’s holding you back?

  • Make a rational decision based on probable outcomes.
  • Ask what’s the worst that can happen, and if you’d be OK with it.
  • Fully imagine what success will look like, taste like, sound like, and feel like.

Accept the fear or dismantle it – but BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, and there’s nothing you can’t do. 

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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of the 16 week Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997.  She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.

1 Comment

  • Jesus Jimenez Posted August 9, 2021 11:08 am

    great blog as always! Saturday when biking in Clermont we did a 50 mile loop with a number of hard climbs with Sugarloaf Mountain at about 40 miles. Richard and Elyse and Urs are a little stronger cyclists than I am and I was bringing up the rear the entire ride. I was anticipating climbing Sugarloaf knowing it was a hard climb having done it a couple times in the past. Usually resting at the bottom and getting psyched up first. When I caught up to my teammates they were waiting at the bottom for me to start. As I was rounding the corner I looked up to the top and said to myself I got this and didn’t stop. It was a hard climb for sure but I knew I could do it. It was a step of faith. I will take that to Ironman Florida. Faith overcomes fear.

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