Moving Past Fear – ICA Blog Hop

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I have a fear of dentists. It started when I was young and ended up in the dentist chair at night with an emergency that resulted in a tooth being pulled. It hurt and I cried. Well, I was only 5 years old. That memory came back in force the last couple of weeks when I found myself back in a dental chair with the same searing pain and found tears running down my face, again – and I’m no longer 5 years old! This time it was the need for a root canal that had to be made over two visits. Both were extremely painful.


Now between that first visit filled with pain and the last couple, I’ve had numerous other visits to the dentist that didn’t have as much pain. However, the fear has always been there, even though my desire for good teeth eventually outweighed my fear. And even with these last two visits I’ll be back in that chair next week to have a permanent crown fitted for that tooth – and given how much trauma it has had, I expect it to hurt also. But I’ll still go.

There are other things that I fear – but in a good way. I enjoy roller coasters, even though one at Universal Studios Orlando, Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket had my heart in my throat for a while. I still enjoyed it at the end and was glad I went on the ride. I’d do it again too – maybe with a bit of trepidation and sinking feeling, but joy at the end.

For many public speaking has that same type of fear. Getting up in front of a group can create sweaty palms, feeling of tongue-tied and butterflies in the stomach. Edward R. Murrow once is attributed as saying: “The best speakers know enough to be scared…the only difference between the pros and the novices, is that the pros have trained the butterflies to fly in formation.” And the key word in that quote is trained. Overcoming the fears takes focus, persistence and training. To keep on track with the training many people find a coach helpful. I can be that coach for you. Let me help you get your butterflies flying in formation.

This post is part of a blog hop series sponsored by students and graduate Coaches of ICA. Please hop on over to their posts and see what else you can learn about Moving Past Fear.


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