Dealing with fear and trying to overcome it is something we all struggle with in some area of our lives.
For my six year old, Jeremiah, it was jumping off the high dive at the pool on Saturday.
The high dive was 10 feet high.
He climbed to the top and looked down.
Immediately he started to fear!
Jeremiah tried to overcome his fear by just walking down the diving board but once he got to the end, he would get too scared and walk back.
He spent a good 5 minutes on top of the diving board trying to overcome his fear but finally relented and walked back down the ladder:(.
When he came down he saw his grandpa Ron.
Ron is someone who he respects highly and sees him like a superhero:).
Jeremiah said Ron, “grandpa if you jump off the high dive first, I’ll be brave enough to jump.”
Jeremiah didn’t know that five minutes before, Ron told me he wasn’t going to jump off the high dive because he was afraid his balance wouldn’t hold up and he’d fall.
Sure enough, Ron put away his own fear and said yes to give his grandson confidence.
He climbed the ladder and jumped.
Ron came out of the pool with a big smile on his face:).
Now it was Jeremiah’s turn.
He climbed the ladder with trepidation while trying to be brave.
As Jeremiah walked to the edge he kept saying, “The Lord is my strength.”
He took one step and let gravity do the work.
Jeremiah came up out of the water he was screaming with joy! “That was awesome!”
Jeremiah developed a new found confidence in himself.
Jeremiah then proceeded to jump off the high dive 20 more times:).
Seeing Ron sacrifice his own fear to instill confidence in his grandson reminded me of an important principle.
“As iron sharpens iron, so does one person sharpen another.” Proverbs 27:17
When we are battling fear, having that person in our corner gives us the confidence to overcome and succeed.
This month at Ultimate Performance Training is BRING-A-FRIEND MONTH.
It allows you to get a complimentary consultation and training session.
If you are struggling with consistency in reaching your fitness goals and need that person in your corner to help you overcome and succeed, I would love for you to come as my friend and try us out!
Strength doesn’t come from from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.