Alison’s aeroplane adventure!

When I read Susan Jeffers ‘Feel the fear and do it any way’ back in 2007, I had no idea that it would lead to me facing my own biggest fear: flying. For years I had been petrified of heights and flying in an aeroplane.  Well to be truthful, it isn’t so much the heights or the flying, as the totally constricting horror of the falling and crashing to the ground!

Consequently it had led to my family and I missing out on allsorts of opportunities.  In order to combat this, I decided that perhaps a flying lesson would help me overcome my terror.  I felt that if I could understand more about flying it could help me to have a more balanced perspective.  So, when I won a raffle prize at the local school ball and the prize of a flying lesson had not been taken, I grabbed the opportunity!

I booked the lesson.  Then the thoughts started coming into my head. What if I couldn’t do it?  What if I panicked and had to be brought down?  What if I was sick?  What if I crashed? What if, what if, what if? Enough was enough.   I decided to stop focusing on what I didn’t want and instead, start fixing my thoughts on what I wanted to get out of the experience instead.

By the time the lesson arrived, I was actually looking forward to it!  It was a fabulous opportunity to view the world from a totally fresh perspective and to face a challenge and win!  And do you know what?  I loved it.  When I felt the symptoms of my fear coming upon me, I put them out of my head and focused again on what I wanted. Once,  when the aeroplane tilted and I really felt my legs starting to ‘go’ I just asked the instructor not to do that again.  I wasn’t quite ready for that yet!  Finally, the instructor gave me the controls.  I couldn’t believe it!  I was actually in control of an aeroplane.  I was in the air, flying and it was awesome! I had faced my fear and won.

The theory really was true and I knew with certainty that it is possible to achieve anything with the right thinking, the right focus and at the right
time!

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