By: Keith Abraham
We all have fears … Some of them keep us on the edge and some of them stop us from really tapping into our true potential. If you read my blog on the 16th January, I asked the question … What is your theme for the year? Mine is to become the best version of me.
To do this, I need to be the living example for my family, for the audiences I stand up in front of, for you the reader of my blog and for myself. You cannot fool yourself! For a long time I have had the goal of becoming a stronger swimmer and to be perfectly honest, it has been on my list of goals for 30 years. I am not proud to say that, because in reality it is an easy goal to achieve.
However, I have had a couple of scary experiences around water and have fooled myself into thinking that I don’t really need to be a great swimmer, as I will not put myself in a position that puts me too far out of my depth. I will make sure that I can touch the bottom of the pool, or if I go into the surf I will only go out in the water if the waves are not too big and I am only in chest high water.
Yet in reality, I have a fear of deep water. I know that I am not the only person who has this anxiety. Can I swim? Yes, I can swim 10 metres, but I want to be able to remove the fear, have the confidence to be able to swim and be in deep water without feeling anxious.
Two days ago I started my first lesson of ten as an adult swimmer. Now I don’t know what was scarier—turning up to swim, admitting I couldn’t swim or swimming down to the 4 metre deep end of the pool!
In reflection, and even as I write this blog, I have a sense of relief that I started. I’m not there yet and you will not see me at any Olympics in the future, but I started to face the fear and looked beyond it to see the greater potential around me.
WHAT FEAR DO YOU NEED TO FACE FOR YOU TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOU?
Healthy Eats says...
We are one with Keith Abraham - in the struggles we may have in becoming the best version of ourselves. Fear of heights, fear of pain, fear of darkness, and a lot more. We have named them so beautifully so we can explain ourselves better when we choose not to do it. But have you ever thought that these things we fear doing may be those we need to achieve the better you? Let's talk about it.