Location: Shanghai, China
Once upon a time, I used to run toward the sound of gunfire.
All of the soldiers with me did the same.
It was normal for us.
This was not ordinary behavior for most people. Gunfire meant that someone was probably getting hurt.
Most of the civilians ran in the opposite direction of the mayhem. But our mission was to protect the local population from the mayhem.
Therefore, in order to advance our mission, we entered the mayhem with speed and violence of action.
We were not born that way.
We cultivated brave behavior through our training, experiences, and organizational beliefs.
I will always place the mission first.
– U.S. Army Warrior Ethos
By learning to be comfortable in the unknown, we redefined normal for ourselves and got the job done.
This approach to handling the unknown applies to you reading this now, wherever you are, as much as it did to us at war.
In our fitness and professional pursuits, fear causes many to delay actions that would bring us closer to seizing our objective.
Fear of discomfort. Fear of ridicule. Fear of the unknown.
Fear of gunfire…but it’s not gunfire. It’s only fear.
What is your desired outcome?
Make it known to yourself, and choose to make it your reason for being.
What is the
gunfire fear that stops you from seizing your objective?
Become conscious of it, and learn to turn it into courage when you see it.
We’ll talk more specifics about how to convert fear into courage in the future.
For now, remember this: You own your emotions, they don’t own you.
Become increasingly comfortable in the unknown by going deeper into it each time.
Redefine normal for yourself and get the job done.