I don’t recall who coined this phrase but I came across a video on YouTube recently that featured it.

It was a video of Will Smith describing his first experience skydiving.

Check out the video and come back.

While the whole notion of overcoming one’s fears was the primary theme, there was another important element. 

The night before.

That was when he was alone with his thoughts.

And he couldn’t stop thinking about the worst-case scenario. 

To me, that was the most interesting part – he got himself so terrified, he couldn’t think about anything else.

And isn’t that how it always goes?

It’s never the thing we’re afraid to do.

It’s what we make that thing mean.

To Will Smith, and probably most of us in that situation, it meant he could die.

But the same is true for other scary things – a big interview, giving a presentation in front of a large audience or approaching a woman on the street.

They all make your palms sweat just thinking about them, right?

But thinking about it is always worse than doing it.

I’ve done public speaking for years but I still get nervous each time leading up to it.  But once I get going, I’m usually fine.

Doing things we’re afraid of is important.  Not only because it helps us overcome our fears but because it opens up new possibilities.

“Well, if I can jump out of a plane, I can certainly start that business I’ve been talking about for years.”

The other side of fear is a place few inhabit.  It’s a select group.

And what distinguishes them from everyone else is not necessarily the courage to do something in the face of danger.

But the determination they have to be more than what they are right now.

“I just wanted to see if I could do it”

That’s motivation you can carry over to the next challenge.

And that’s how you build a record of success.

Are you one of those guys?

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