When I was 8 years old I got stuck at the top of a tree, I’d climbed too high and couldn’t get down. I froze.
I’d looked down, seen how high it was and just froze.
All my friends had climbed the same tree, just as high, and had managed to get back down. I couldn’t, the fear of not being able to get down safely stopped me moving.
One of my friends had to go and get my Dad and a very big ladder. My Dad was not impressed, that he’d had to rescue me and that I had ‘wimped out’.
This never happened again, I carried on climbing trees, just as high as my mates did, but I always got back down.
Rather than use the ‘fear’ to stop me I used it to motivate me.
I didn’t use the fear to stop me doing what I wanted to do.
I remembered the ‘tree’ incident recently when I was reflecting on what I’d achieved since leaving school.
Being the first person in my family to go to University, even without the support of a Dad who thought it was a ‘waste of time’.
Qualified as an accountant.
Worked my way up to be Group FD of a Civil Engineering Group.
Started my own business.
Fear of failure was always there but I preferred to use it as a motivational factor, that I needed to do this and once I’d committed to doing it, the ‘fear’ would stop me failing.
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