Wikipedia says Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat, which causes physiological changes and ultimately behavioral changes, such as mounting an aggressive response or fleeing the threat.
Wikipedia has no reference for Feat in the context I am using it in this article, however, in the Cambridge dictionary it says:
FEAT- something difficult needing a lot of skill, strength, courage, etc. to achieve it.
It is interesting to me that both words suggest something to be overcome and to me, the feat is the result of facing the fear.
"Fear" is the emotion we experience and when we conquer that fear we have achieved a "Feat".
How it works:
From childhood I had an extreme fear of water.
No, not the bath or shower (although I am sure some people do have that fear too!) it was fear of swimming pools and the sea. I suppose the fear was actually swimming, not really water. Anyway, I digress.
At the age of 28 I decided I was going to take swimming lessons as I did not want to be scared all my life and not enjoy beaches and pool parties. I duly went for swimming lessons and was so proud of myself when I swam a breadth of the pool at the local swimming baths. That was it, I had overcome my fear or so I believed.
I had basically done enough to make me feel better about it and that was ok.
The thing was that I still avoided pools and beaches.
When my daughter Keri was born, I was determined she would not be scared of water and I made sure I took her and then her sister and brother, first at 6 weeks to "dunk" them, as is the tradition, and then for swimming lessons. I just made sure that someone else gave the lessons and I was not the one in the water with them.
Throughout my 30´s and 40´s I convinced myself that I was not scared anymore I just preferred not to go in water out of my depth.
Then, I was unwell for a time and discovered "self-care" and with it the beaches!
As I live in Mallorca, there are many lovely beaches and I had never really benefited from their beauty, mainly because of my fear.
Another 10 years on and my sister became seriously ill and that´s when I realised how fear paralyses us. I decided that I was not going to live my life in fear ever again. I took the time to examine the things that engendered fear in me, and guess what one of the biggest fears I had was - yes, you got it, swimming / water.
I decided there and then, that I was going to conquer this for once and for all.
I had this amazing friend who started me off in a pool (haha) and gave me the encouragement and confidence I needed to go into the sea. I will be forever grateful to him for helping me to see other possibilities and take the 1st step.
So, I booked diving lessons, may as well dive right in, why not? It was one of the most exhilarating times of my life. I could not believe all those years I had missed out on this thrill.
You are never too old to set yourself a new goal!
I gained my PADI Open Water Diving Certification in 2015.
Am I 100% comfortable in deep water without diving gear? - No. I can honestly say that I am not; however, will I go into deep water, go on boats and swim out of my depth?- Yes, and I can honestly say it is one of my greatest feats.
I realised that I had response-ability to turn the
I would love to hear about some of your greatest feats.
If you have a fear that you would like some help turning into a greatest feat, let me know here.
Linda Ledwidge is or has been at one point in her life a human Be-ing, woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, nurse, midwife, head cook and bottle washer , among other things and her passion today is to hear you smile!
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Wikipedia contributors. (2021, April 8). Fear. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:10, April 22, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fear&oldid=1016702515
Feat: noun [ C ] https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/feat
If anyone had asked me about the "C" word in 2019, I would have replied that I did not use that word, and please do not use it in my company. Today in 2021, I say the same even though I know it's not the same word they referred to in 2019, and it is the hot topic in all conversations, therefore unavoidable most days, so I had to find a way to live with it and stay sane and healthy.
The thing about the "C" word is that it causes so much anxiety, defensiveness, separation, and hopelessness in so many. This, in turn, leads to tension and stress.
When medical research estimates as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related, it makes sense to avoid unnecessary stress.
How to do that in today's environment?
What if there was a way?
What if I told you that you had all the tools you needed to relieve and redress stress?
You were born with these tools.
You do not need to go out and buy them.
All you have to do is identify them, access them, and unleash them.
Would you want to know more?
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Is this Fear or Excitement?
Feeling excitement is feeling fear with a KNOWN outcome.
Excitement is predictable fear.
What is fear? What is excitement?
Is it fear or excitement?
Emotion: a strong feeling
E-motion: energy in motion
Excitement is predictable fear.
Pretty much the same physiological process is at work in your body during excitement or fear except, when you are excited it activates the reward centre of your brain at the same time.
Everything that you feel is emotion (or E-motion) . What does that mean?
The Latin derivative for the word emotion, emotere, literally means energy in motion.
You were born with a sixth sense–emotion.
Like your other five senses, this is not something you learned; emotion is the awareness you have which communicates satisfaction or dissatisfaction/ease or dis-ease.
Pivot point: Your emotions are your unique internal guidance system (Inner GPS), letting you know when you have disconnected from your inner knowing of what is right for you.
Picture this scenario:
A child is visiting the fairground for the first time. All around him, he sees these incredible rides. It is so new and exciting. They get to the big wheel; it looks enormous. It is going round and round so fast. It is very high. All those people looking down on him seem so far away. As they approach the ticket gate, he feels something in his belly, a strange feeling. It is a strong feeling, different from anything he has ever felt in his 5 young years.
His mother, sensing the change in him, grips his hand tighter and says it’s ok, don’t feel scared. I am right by your side. I am keeping you safe. Oh, he thinks, I’m scared. So, this is how fear feels.
Another child is standing close by. He has the same sensations and feelings when he is looking at this gigantic wheel. His mother senses the change in him too, and as he grasps her hand, she looks at him and says, this is going to be so exciting for you, a new experience, and I am right by your side, keeping you safe. Oh, he thinks, I’m excited. So, this is what it feels like to be excited.
Both these children will have a unique experience during the ride, and they will associate the feeling they have in different ways throughout their life.
This example may seem too simplistic for many of you. Yet when you understand how your feelings and emotions affect your body, you can see that this kind of experience, especially as a child, can have a profound effect on your life.
Pivot point: Feeling excited is feeling fear with a KNOWN outcome.
Are you killing the thrill?
If you would like to discuss it, feel free to contact me here.
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