Don’t Think About It, Just Do It!

August 22nd, 2016
Over-thinking and Fear!

George here… It’s been a while!  I thought I would update you on my latest holiday, about my Over-thinking and Fear!  The story I would like to share with you was when I went out adventuring with TYF, I’ve always admired the work that TYF does. They’re a certified B corporation (which we aim to be!); they really care about what they do and how they do it!  I’m a sucker for a company mission, have a read of theirs:

“We create life changing adventures with a light touch on nature, focus young people’s sight & skills for the future and help organisations with innovation & sustainability. We play for the planet.”

I decided to give there Coasteering a crack, which is blend of rock climbing and jumping into the water, which doesn’t sound that scary but, at 9am on the 13th August, I was pretty scared!  We set out in our kayaks on a beautiful sunny day in St Davids in Pembroke. At first I spent a lot of time stuck on rocks, going in circles, needless to say I was certainly not a natural!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll confirm that I love to compare ordinary and extrodinary events to life lessons.  You may remember a blog on lessons I learned from a jigsaw, need I say more?  Learning by doing is my thing.

Here’s the biggest lesson from the day:  Over-Thinking and Fear!

I see so much of this when I work with people one-on-one or when speaking in corporations.  We’re often scared of something, so we over think it, then that thing gets bigger and bigger!

Before you watch the video below, let me tell you what was happening to me in my body.  My heart was thumping,  I was thinking about every tiny bit of detail, what I need to do, what could go wrong, that was making me even more anxious. My over-thinking was making me worse.  Have a watch, you may need some headphones as the sound isn’t brilliant, but it’s worth a watch.

Here’s Me Dealing With Fear!

Bless Tom, the amazing instructor.  He said a line that I’m going to use when I start to over-think in the future (on and off the rocks!).

“Don’t think about it, just do it.”

So did I jump? I did: Watch It Here!

Look at the difference, this is jump number 2 and I sound so much more confident and in control because I know what to expect. There’s comfort in that, but the thrill from the first jump was nothing compared to the jumps following.  I’m so glad I did it!  I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Tom, my partner Gareth and the encouragement of the group.

So are you standing on the rocks at the moment?  Over-thinking about something and stalling on the action?  It could be a relationship that needs to be let free?  A project that has come to an end?  A friendship that you’ve started writing a pros and cons list for and still standing on the rocks.  Yes, you have to asses the situation but timing is everything.  Is it time for you to jump?

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