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So, I have a fear that I need to overcome… Whenever I think about the upcoming Scuba course I am doing, I realise I have to go through the practice of letting water into my mask and demonstrating I can purge the water.
My fear of water coming up my nose however completely panics me. Even the thought of it… So, today while swimming at the gym I was practicing again, it just wasn’t working and I kept thinking, “Ugh, who needs to dive anyway? I did my scuba course and haven’t dived since – I won’t miss it.”
Thing is I knew that this was my irrational reaction to an irrational fear. I knew more than that that I really do want to dive again. So to overcome my fear I am realising, it is like learning to drive a car, ride a bike or get used to creepy crawlies… it is a mental attitude.
The fear resides in our thinking and the solution too resides in our thinking. Who is the boss of our feelings, fears or thoughts? How often do we think or say, “I can’t help feeling this way!”?
Having just finished the fabulously well written biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson I have found myself contemplating what type of man Steve was. Would I like to work with or for him or would I naturally hate him?
I wrote a short tribute post on the day Steve passed away. There I was already aware (how could one not be) of his different approach to being an entrepreneur and taking the hard route.
After reading Walter’s biography however, I was struck by the difficult man he was. Difficult to work with, difficult to be related to and yet how inspiring he was, or could be at the same time. I think I would have loved to hate him. Admired and despised him. Maybe not different to how some of those close to him felt? We did share a lot of interests, Zen, design, beautiful tech, the blend of intuition and knowledge and wanting to do things differently. Read more…