FEAR ON RACE DAY

It’s race day here in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Lotte, my beautiful courageous and talented partner, (I’m her #1 fan and mental coach) is here to compete in the World Cup ITU Triathlon, one of a series of qualifying races for points and Olympic Selection for Japan, 2029. Lotte has been focussed on this race for 2 weeks since her last race in Mooloolaba,Qld where she did great but for her selection, not great enough. Hence, unspoken, even by her coach, Ollie from Tri-Alliance in Melbourne and Eric in Holland, it’s an important race.

It’s a technical bike course. Sharp corners, steep climbs, frightened fast decents and, today, wet roads. Lotte is secretly nervous. And this is what I’d love to speak about as your Inspiration Coach: fear.

Fear

Last week I posted on my Instagram (chriswalker_iw ) a short video of a 2 year old at a swimming centre, walking past adults, jumping in a deep pool and adults walking past not even seeing it. Eventually on the video someone rushes in and drags the lifeless body from the pool to begin resuscitation. The end result we don’t see.

I posted this to cause fear. Fear in parents who let their children out of sight at water places, pools, puddles, bath tubs, oceans, lakes and all. I hope it worked. Fear is a powerful motivator of behaviour. In fact, all morals, ethics, laws and rules are made from fear. It works and nature made no mistake in giving it to us.

But here today, at the Triathlon, fear has no place. Fear at a triathlon is like fear in life: it turns the individual into a reactive, uncharacteristicly mean, sensitive to every comment, distracted and hard. Humour is gone, race face is on. As a partner it’s ugly to watch and easy to react to. It’s easy as a coach to say “don’t fear” but deep down, these things can sit waiting for a target. Today, there’s a perfect target, the race.

Lotte doesn’t fear the race. She’s got a pain threshold like a wild tiger. But her habit is fear. When it comes up, everything I do is wrong.

I’ve seen this reaction in people toward their partner who aren’t actually in a life threatening race. They are in life, fearing divorce, fearing poverty, fearing repeating their parent’s mistakes. Fear drives good people into shit spaces and from there, the lunatics have taken over the asylum – inspiration, love, gratitude, kindness are impossible.

Fear drains goodness from the human heart. It drains energy from the body. Fear draws blood in preparation for a fight of flight. Fear drives people to react and beg. It’s understandable in a life threatening sport, but still extremely unhealthy.

Self doubt breeds an unrealistic fear. As we’ve said, fear has benefits, most of which are short term instantaneous bursts of dark, ugly and violent energy. Fight or flight, the energy of fear is terrorism at its worst.

Self- doubt sits beneath unrealistic and unresolved issues that cause a fear trigger. Reactive, sexist, nasty, defensive, reactive. Yes, self doubt looks like real fear but it’s roots are in much less honest mind states. States you can change, if you choose.

Published by Chris Walker

Uniquely Australian, highly intuitive and inspired, Chris Walker is on the forefront of radical personal development and change that inspires people to find purpose and to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature. His methods are dynamic, and direct. His work is gifted, heart-opening and inspirational. The process Chris embraces can be confrontational, but if you are prepared to “step out” the personal power that this knowledge gives you is without doubt life changing and truly inspiring. Chris’s purpose is to open hearts and to stop the hurt. His work comes from his heart and is a truly magnificent gift for anyone ready to receive it. Chris shows people how to bring spirit into their life and keep it there. His sensitivity and empathy to others is his gift. The most powerful thing that we can do with our lives is to be on purpose, and live with the knowledge of spirit. Chris helps you discover this, that which is already yours, and through his work, you will find the courage and love to honour your-self and follow your heart. Chris brings his work to individuals and businesses. He believes for business success, you first need to create personal success, and this happens when your business and the people within it are on purpose. Chris Walker is an author, a speaker and a truly inspirational individual who has been fortunate enough in this life to find and live his truth.

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