If someone ever asks me what it’s like to achieve a big goal or dream (a.k.a. catch a rabbit), I’ll just smile and say, “It feels like flying!” For some, that means it’s exhilarating, as it appears to be for this woman skydiver in the image above. And yes, that’s definitely true. But there’s another way to look at it.
Flying: Exhilarating, or Scary?
I’ve flown in airplanes since I was nine, but it seems that the more I fly, the more it bothers me. I’ve actually dealt with an increasing fear of flying each time I step onto a plane. But before you send me a litany of remedies for aviophobia, I want to clarify that it isn’t so bad that it keeps me from doing it; it’s just that I’m all too consciously aware of the fact that it’s only air supporting that massive chunk of metal, with me inside. I always have to talk myself out of the fear and choose to be at peace.
The same can be true with goal achievement.
I recently set a big goal that’s going to stretch me out of my comfort zone in a significant way. After setting the goal, a strange feeling came over me, and it took me some time to identify where I had experienced that feeling before.
Then I remembered: The feeling was identical to how I feel when I step onto an airplane. In both cases, it’s nervousness, combined with the thought that natural laws are about to be employed to accomplish something that seems physically impossible.
This connection between flying and goal setting helped me remember to not let the fear stop me. In both cases, I can rely on natural laws that defy the gravitational pull that otherwise keeps me grounded.
Just as we can learn to get on the plane in spite of fear, so can we also talk ourselves through the fear that comes with achieving a big goal. After all, if the goal doesn’t cause some internal discomfort, then we’re probably not setting a big enough goal.
As I’ve heard it said many times: “Make no small plans, for they have not the power to stir men’s souls.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, 16th century, also quoted by Spencer W. Kimball.
So, take the journey with me! Set a BIG goal, and then let me help you overcome the internal (and external) opposition that might otherwise stop you.
Rely on the laws of success to help you achieve greater heights
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