I never really understood how much I left fear influence how I handle things. There’s no denying the fact that I let my overactive mind get the better of me most of the time. I hate to admit it but more often than not my oh-so-sharp head is also more than likely incorrect in its way of thinking things through. Fear effects all of us in one way or another at least once (but probably more) throughout our lives. The challenge is deciding to give that fear a fighting chance or choose courage to fight against it instead. We are pretty fortunate to be able to have the ability to choose, to either let what we are afraid of take over or challenge ourselves by pushing the scary aside and proving it’s really just all in our heads. It’s easier said than done but when you really think about it, you are in control of choosing.
The other night my other half and I were talking about running obstacle course races. He’s a pretty experienced racer and I only have a handful under my belt so I often feel “less knowledgable” on the matter. My biggest fear, and what has truthfully held me back from taking part in more, is the idea of running on my own without a group. The thought of coming up against obstacles, most of which are more challenging to me than others, all by myself literally gives me knots in my stomach. During the conversation he suggested that I run the up coming Spartan Super this August by myself. I immediately shook my head and practically yelled NO even though he was sitting right next to me. I felt so much anxiety in that very moment I may have even blacked out momentarily, I can’t be too sure. Just the mere suggestion echoing off of the walls in the living room made me want to throw up. As we continued talking, I explained to him why I just simply couldn’t do it alone and what would happen if I couldn’t complete an obstacle, what if I hurt myself, what if this and what if that. I just kept reiterating that I was too scared. He looked at me as if I couldn’t be serious and said, “You don’t think I’m nervous before every race, trying to sleep the night before, standing at the starting line alone? Everyone is scared or nervous.” I looked at him, quizzically, as if he was lying and just trying to make me feel better. “Really, YOU are nervous?” I asked. “But you’re good at it, you don’t struggle on the obstacles like I do.” I exclaimed, “Yes, I really am,” he said matter of factly. Someone who, to me, carries himself so surely, who can tackle any obstacle (race or not) as if it were easy can be nervous, too? Who would have thought.
So it got me thinking…
Winston Churchill once said, “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” It’s true, when we let our fears get the better of us we are choosing to be afraid, choosing to let that very fear hold us back, choosing to potentially miss out because we let the things we are, for whatever reason, scared of make us doubt our abilities. Sure, I may find myself unable to get through an obstacle, so what, I either ask another racer for a helping hand or just skip it. Sure I may be nervous while waiting for the announcer to send us off but what person about to challenge their physical abilities and do something out of their comfort zone isn’t? What it all boils down to is what happens when you let that fear win, you open the gateway for regret, feelings of failure, doubt and it becomes that much harder to overcome your fears the next time. In my case, it makes the idea of ever running a race alone sound less and less like a reality. When you really think about it making the choice to choose courage really is a no brainer.
So, when you come up against something in life that makes you uneasy, is unknown, overwhelming or too difficult rather than react to it by being afraid and convince yourself of all the reasons why you can’t, try looking at the bigger picture and tell yourself, more likely than not, it isn’t really as scary as you’re making it out to be. Truthfully you may struggle, it may not be easy, yes you may be scared, but no matter what you will get through it and it will be worth it. Decide in that moment to choose courage and let that courage help you step off of that starting line.
Then, after you choose courage and think, “Wow, that wasn’t so scary after all!”. You can reward yourself with one of these Coconut Kiwi Chia Pops! They’re the perfect warm weather treat and so easy to make (only four ingredients!). Plus, you won’t sabotage your summer waistline with this recipe since it’s sweetened only with fruit, each pop has only 3g of sugar and 8g carbs! Plus, who doesn’t love a pretty looking snack like this?!
Coconut Kiwi Chia Pops
Author: The Happy Hungry Yogi
Makes: 6 popsicles
Prep time: 35 minutes
Set time: 8 hours
- 1 15oz can full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 c chia seeds
- 2 kiwis
- 2 tbsp dried coconut chips
- Popsicle mold
- Set up mold as directed.
- In a mixing bowl combine the coconut milk (make sure to scrape out the thicker part as well) and the chia seeds. Stir to combine and let sit for 30 minutes to thicken.
- Peel and slice the kiwis.
- When coconut milk chia mixture is set, pour about one tablespoon worth into each mold. Drop a kiwi slice into each and then fill to halfway with more of the milk mixture.
- Sprinkle each with a few coconut chips then another kiwi slice and then top with more milk mixture until almost full. Place a few more coconut chips on top.
- Close each mold with the stick/cover and freezer for at least 8 hours to set.
Tip: When ready to enjoy run each mold under warm water for a few seconds to release the pops.