Facing Fears While Having Fun

Last summer, I faced my fear of heights by doing a high ropes course. This past weekend I faced my fears of deep water by taking surf lessons. Both experiences were life-changing for me. Instead of being limited by my fears, I became invigorated and more free by facing them, head on. I also had fun while doing it!

There was some prep work for me. Last year I used visualizations a lot in the week before climbing to “see” myself successfully stepping and zipping. The experience was exhilarating and my most feared part, the zips, were also the most fun! My hunger and need for a meal was what lead me to leave…something I hadn’t prepared for!

With the deep water fear, I used EFT tapping more than the visualizations, at least at first. Once I tapped away the bulk of the fear, I was able to use the visualization strategies.

Surfing was also more fun than scary for me. In fact, I’m going back for round 2 in a few weeks when my schedule frees up. A friend even wants to go, as she’s been inspired by my tackling my fear of deep water. Hoping she’s receptive to trying the tapping.

In both instances I was in a somewhat controlled environment. A surf board is a flotation device and there was an instructor there to guide and help me if I had run into trouble. The high ropes course had harnesses and safety features, also with help if I needed it. So while I was facing my fears, I was doing so in a way that helped me to feel somewhat safe.

What are some fears that you have?

What are some fun ways you can face them and free yourself from their grip and enjoy new experiences?

Your confidence and self-respect will thank you!


PS It might be helpful to come up with a reasonable goal for yourself. For instance, my main goal with the surfing was to get over my fear of deep water. If I rode in on a wave or two, that was icing on the cake. So let’s just say my next surfing lessons will have a higher bar! 😉

Published by Tiffany

Writing out my thoughts has helped me to gain a new perspective of myself. In sharing these writings, it is my hope to help others to better understand themselves. It is my belief that with each of us who chooses this path of greater understanding of thy self, that it inspires others to do the same. This building momentum is the force that drives me to share, for in my vulnerability, I find my strength. I believe that you can also find yours there. ~~~In reading some of my posts, you will see that growth is not always pretty. It is in breaking apart and coming undone that a seed sprouts and breaks free of its own captivity. It is also out of mud that the lotus blossoms. ~~~Please join me in seeing the beauty of growth within the deconstruction of our limiting beliefs. ~~T.C.

19 thoughts on “Facing Fears While Having Fun

  1. Go girl! So proud of you Tiffany, facing two huge fears. I nearly drowned as a little girl so it was a big deal for me to learn to swim as an adult. Now I love the water. So glad you had fun too. Hugs xx

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    1. So glad to hear you overcame your fears too! That’s so awesome and empowering!
      Thank you, Miriam, for the support! I’m hoping this will help others too! ❤️
      I’ve also created a “fear bucket list,” things that scare me that I want to overcome. SCUBA may be next!

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      1. Whoah, good for you! Scuba diving was what lead me to learn to swim. When I met my husband, years ago, he was heavily into scuba diving and always in the water. I remember thinking, if I want to stay with this man I have to overcome my fears and learn to swim.
        A fear bucket list is a great idea. Go for it. xx 🙂

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      2. Oh, wow! I love that you chose love over your fears. Such amazing inspiration!!!
        Am going to see my master diver friends today. Have a feeling I may be sitting at the bottom of a pool w them by day’s end ❤️

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  2. Congrats Tiffany, on your courage. I just discovered this great post after just writing my own about facing fear. I too have a fear of heights–and claustrophobia–and flying. But I have worked hard to overcome them. Come visit and we can share progress notes.

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