How many people have fears? Answer: Everyone!
Where do these fears come from? Most come from our childhood. I have heard it stated that by the time a child is 7 years old, they are fully programmed. As a parent, we are literally programming their little minds. This is an enormous responsibility, some folks do it well, others fail miserably. Mostly because they don’t know any better themselves.
I remember vividly things that were said to me as a child. Unfortunately these words still echo in my head at times. What I have done to combat them is to stop when I am thinking those thoughts, and ask myself if they are serving me well, now that I am an adult. If the answer is no, I then set about to dissolve them.
I came to the realisation early in my 20′s that I have to change my “hard wiring”. My programming was malfunctioning. How was I to do this? Well I read a lot of books. I got a bit out of most of them, but It was not until I came across Reprogramming the Mind for Success, that I had any real success. I also meditate which has helped enormously, to quiet the endless mind chatter that becomes exhausting.
My Fear of Flying
I live in the tropics and a year or so ago, had the unfortunate experience of flying through a bad storm, while coming in to land. This has a massive impact upon me, and it wasn’t until I got onto a plane the next time, that i realised, “I have a problem here”. Fortunately for me, I had just acquired my copy of Reprogamming the Mind for Success.
I was reading all about the subconscious and association, and how the neural pathways are strengthened when ever we use them. These pathways become stronger and stronger each time they are engaged, this is how habits are formed. In most cases, this serves us well, just imagine having to think how to do the everyday mundane chores we have to do, over and over again on a daily basis.
So I closed my eyes and imagined the neural pathways all being chopped into little tiny pieces. It may sound bizarre, but hey, whatever works – do it. I can’t say it happened over night, the fear was obviously quite strong. I also sought out some pilot friends of mine, and go a bit more information on flying – seeing as I didnt have a clue. All of this combined, and a few flights later, and I can honestly say, I hardly even think about it. I stopped what could have become a major problem in my life.
I find the mind to be marvelous and mysterious. We are capable of much more than we are aware. I figure if it worked with this, imagine what else I could achieve. The mind boggles!!
To your success,