Updated: Jun 12
Many people are fascinated by the idea of skydiving. Making it a reality is a different story. My friends who haven't ventured into extreme sports often describe jumping from an airplane as scary. Its anxiety-inducing. Where does the fear come from? Death and injury are most commonly cited as factors that stop people from leaping, figuratively and literally.
But how dangerous is it?
It turns out it's pretty safe.
According to the United States Parachute Association, there were just 0.28 fatalities per 100,000 jumps in 2021.
It doesn't mean something terrible won't happen, of course. But the odds are in your favor. That's lower than the odds of dying in a car accident in any given year.
But nevertheless, fear based thinking often keeps people from venturing skyward.
However, this does not keep fear based thinking from plaguing us with our feet safely planted on the ground.
How often has considering the "worst possible outcome" kept you from asking for a promotion? Leaving an unhealthy relationship? Changing career trajectories?
So can we flip our feelings?
Can we transform our negative emotions into positive ones?
I discuss deployment in this Sharp Publication about my book. I define this as the first step necessary to achieve your goals. Much like throwing out a pilot chute during a skydive. This initiates a sequence of events which ultimately opens the container and releases the main parachute.
What's your desired outcome? What's the time frame? How will you measure it?
Is is a career goal? A relationship goal? A personal wellness goal?
What can you do today to deploy?