It just happened this week. I climbed up the steps on our step stool to the top portion. Unlike a ladder, there is nothing to hold onto on the top of the step stool. It was a moment of exhilaration and brought a smile to my face. Sure the purpose was to repair something in the garage at home.
“I didn’t respond to that. I’m not scared of heights. I’m just scared of falling from heights.”
― John Zakour
This had me recalling my earliest shipboard experiences as a cadet.
As soon as we had our first day at sea the Chief Mate had me working with the Boatswain. My job was to take the bucket of light bulbs forward to change the bulb in the forward running light. The light was up the ladder about forty feet high.
The most difficult part was maneuvering to unscrew the waterproof casing cover while still holding on to the ladder with one hand. Oh and of course the ship is at sea so there is some movement back and forth and up and down.
After changing some other lights up on the forward part of the ship it was time to move back to the main house and flying bridge. This was the next light bulb to change way up on the main mast head.
Now there was a higher climb and the total height above sea level was considerably higher than up forward. In addition, since this was closer to mid-ship the swaying from port to starboard was significantly greater.
This was going to be challenging and fun at the same time.
“Courage, will-power and confidence in your abilities will carry you to greater heights.”
― Lailah Gifty Akit
My question for you to consider is this – you may or may not have a fear of heights, however, what do you fear?
Isn’t it time to face the fear?
Begin to address it in small steps and find a person to speak with about your fear and the steps you are taking to address your fear. If you have never worked with a person to listen to you and keep you accountable – the results are nothing short of amazing. First of all you will feel better just speaking about your fear with someone else. Secondly as you recognize the small steps you may take to address your fear an accountability partner will hold you to your promises.
Begin today and take the first steps to address your fears.
Begin today and make contact with a person to listen and keep you accountable.
“The tallest trees sometimes grow from the smallest seeds.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on adding value to people. Through Speaking, Training and Coaching we change lives. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their career or business.