Courage without fear isn’t bravery at all-just blind stupidity. We’ve got to face fears to overcome them-not blindly shut out our eyes and pretend they’re not there. Let’s learn a little from Chuck Yeager on how to Overcome Fear. Check-out Part 1 on Joseph Kittinger and Part 3 on the man he mentored, Fearless Felix Baumgartner.
“You never give up. And that’s basically the way you look at it. You can get yourself into a position where it’s impossible to get out. Well, obviously, you’re going to die then. If you die, you don’t know anything about it anyway.”
Chuck Yeager, first man to break the sound barrier
Introducing Chuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager was put to the challenge no one in history had ever faced-to physically break the sound barrier. Flight was still a relatively new capability of man-and this guy was already trying to fly faster than sound. He was a military officer and a test pilot. He tried flying tons of new stuff. But to fly faster than sound took a new level of faith and determination to overcome fear.
For Chuck Yeager, it wasn’t extreme skill that would help him overcome fear. It wasn’t a talent only he possessed that would give him the ability to break the sound barrier. It was the will and desire to never give up. To keep flying, trying, attempting.
A Choice-To Never Give Up
There’s lots of principles that will give us the upper hand when kicking fear in the face. There isn’t just one silver bullet. But sometimes the fight to overcome fear doesn’t take a deep psychological 12 step program or saying 50 prayers. When you’ve got what seems like a mountain of fear to overcome, or even the smallest of hills, it can seem complicated and ugly to face the process. Sometimes we don’t need to worry about the process of labor over every painstaking details. Sometimes we just need a well-thought plan and choose to never give up.