Mia, my daughter was in town over the weekend.
I missed her birthday a few weeks ago so this was an action packed time we had, full of good food and adventure.
Yesterday we went to “Go Ape” For those of you not familiar with this, it’s a high rope obstacle course with Tarzan swings and zip wires.
It’s great fun and a little scary.
I’m not a huge fan of heights but I like adventure so I’m always up for anything.
Mia is a little different to me.
This was going to be a challenge for her and it took a little coaxing from me to even get her there.
There were a few tears and a little tantrum when we were getting instruction on how to tighten our harness and how to clip the karabiners to the safety wire and that was just me.
I had a feeling it was going to be an eventful morning.
To be honest, Mia did an excellent job and everything I had hoped she would do.
Over the next 3.5 hrs there was a mixture of emotion.
She was scared, nervous, wanted to turn back, cried a little, said she was never doing this again, said she wanted to come again, said she wanted to bring the “go pro” back next time, cried a little more and glared at me several times and told me to “leave her ropes alone”.
And then we got to the last Tarzan swing.
Cried a little.
Wanted to go but couldn’t.
Asked if I “was angry with her” (I wasn’t)
Just that final step off but the fear of falling was too much for her.
The instructor on the floor, 55 feet below shouted up “if you can do this, you can do anything you put your mind to”
She looked at me as if to say ” is this true Dad?”
I said nothing but gave her a wink and a nod and that was enough.
She stepped of the platform, screamed a little and flew through the air, high above the canopy of trees below into a large cargo net.
She turned to look at me, chuffed to bits.
We’ve all been there.
Standing on the edge, too scared to take that step, petrified of falling, failing or hurting ourselves.
Taking that step outside our comfort zone.
It’s scary, uncomfortable and you are just not sure of the outcome.
BUT, often, when you make a bold move, you experience how great something is and you look back and realise there was nothing to be scared about in the first place.
Just like Mia.
Now I know in life we have big decisions to make and to compare Mia swinging through the trees to a serious step you may have to take in your life might seem trivial…
…but the same emotions, hormones and thought patterns take place in any scenario where you have to leave your comfort zone.
As Mia experienced and will tell you, it’s worth it and the reality is, there is nothing to fear.
To sum it up.
Take the first step.
Don’t look back
All the good stuff is outside your comfort zone.
My question to you is this:
What’s holding you back in life?
If you have a goal for your health & fitness but are scared to make the first move then today’s your chance to take that step.
Be like Mia. Be scared but do it anyway.
I’m just an email away.
Have a great day
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