Deconstructing Fear with Stephen Aish
Steve says that awareness is the key to having a satisfying life, but awareness of what?
As part of Deconstructing Fear Interviews, I had the opportunity to interview Steve. During our conversation, a particular word caught my attention: labels. When Steve talks about labels, he refers to the meaning we attach to words, situations, and emotions. Steve suggests that we must be aware of our capacity to add meaning and add a sense of gravity to our thoughts and feelings. Once we realize that, it becomes possible to change those labels’ emotional charge in our favor.
Stephen Aish, director of the Strength Academy, athlete champion, and experienced mindset coach worked to overcome his fears and found that we do not overcome fears; we become aware of them and then decide to transform them.
Do you remember the old volume dials? Steve says that instinctual fear is like having the volume on ten (maximum level). Although we can feel that a situation seems to be a ten, if we pause and manage to lower the “volume” a notch, then we are most likely in front of a label we can modify; that’s psychological fear.
As an athlete, he understands well the power of training. He experienced the fear of public speaking, and of course, through practice and repetition, he managed to speak in conferences and similar events. He reframed the mental rationale he had about speaking in front of an audience.
He makes it clear, the reason why we experience psychological fear is because of our past experiences. That’s something we can change if we want to.
The following video is the first part of my conversation with Steve. I’m sure you’ll find it inspiring and filled with wisdom.
This is the audio version: