“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert
There is a significant difference between being afraid of something and having what I’ll call a “cautious awareness” of it. Having that nervousness and twinge of excitement (the “cautious awareness”) going into the unknown or before an event keeps us mentally and physically on edge. This helps us maintain focus and ensure our body is in a position to execute and perform instantaneously. Obviously this is a good thing as most competitors will tell you feeling nervous before an event is normal and even desirable for this reason.
On the other hand though is fear. This goes beyond nerves and excitement into the realm of stress-induced anxiety. Once you reach this state it is difficult to recover and your body will show signs mentally, physically, and emotionally. Far from being optimized for performance a body experiencing fear is put into a fight or flight mindset leaving little room for comprehension of anything else except personal survival.
That’s why we need to avoid fear, at least irrational fears that are uncalled for and will lead us nowhere. So the next time you experience that twinge in the pit of your stomach have the mental clarity to decide whether this is just nerves or truly a fearful situation requiring the fight or flight response. Control your mind, control, your body, respond appropriately. No fear!
DAILY FEATURE: Stop Wearing Flip Flops!!
I cannot overemphasize how important it is for the health of your feet and pretty much everything else from the knee down to NOT WEAR FLIP-FLOPS. Under no circumstances should you ever wear any type of shoe/sandal/flip-flop that recquires you to curl your toes to grip it to hold it on to your foot. Check out the video above by the man Dr. Kelly Starrett from MobilityWOD and San Francisco Cross Fit. He goes into detail about the health hazards to wearing these types of things.
There are plenty of other shoes that you can wear that will keep yuor feet feeling and looking cool in the summer months. Personally, I am a big fan of TOMS shoes for their mission, ethics, and style. For those of you unaware of the company their founder Blake Mycoskie created the mission is to donate one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of Tom’s purchased. Since the inception of this program in 2006, TOMS has donated over 10 million pairs of shoes! I strongly encourage you to get a pair of TOMS to support their mission and save your feet.