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Old 06-05-2007, 09:53 AM   #1
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Testing Fear

HI All,

its been a while since I last posted..

I am testing once again for my Brown Belt this time and I am SO SCARED I cannot hardly control myself!!

Does any one else feel the same or have any idea how I can rid myself of this fear?


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Old 06-05-2007, 12:16 PM   #2
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Re: Testing Fear

Try writing down all of the things that you fear happening on a piece of paper. When you're done writing, and you think that you've got everything on there, throw it in the trash.

Your sensei is asking you to test because he thinks you are ready.

Go test, and let your destiny unfold.

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Old 06-05-2007, 12:50 PM   #3
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Re: Testing Fear

Good luck dude!

Remember to breathe, and smile!

Peace and love

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Old 06-05-2007, 02:56 PM   #4
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Re: Testing Fear

Ask yourself, What is the worst that will happen if (whatever your fear is of) happens? Think about it and answer honestly.

Good luck!
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:26 PM   #5
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Re: Testing Fear


Get out of the internal negative fantsy you are using the polute the mind-body connection.

Relax, breathe, and mentally rehearse a good test.

Review and train hard.

Review and train hard again.

Show up and just let go.

Lynn Seiser PhD
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We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:40 PM   #6
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Re: Testing Fear

It's ok to feel fear. Just remember to breathe, and concentrate on your center. When I am testing, sometimes I visualize a smooth stone in my center, and it helps me feel calmer.

Break a leg! (hopefully not your own)

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Old 06-05-2007, 07:42 PM   #7
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Re: Testing Fear

I used to always worry about my tests. Now when my students test I worry for them. I am always more nervous then my students when they test.

The fear, and nervousness is not a problem unless you let it become one. I know it's not fun to be worried and scared, but look at it as an opportunity to show yourself that you can come through the fear.

You don't have to vanquish your fear, just learn to work though it. I think it's the best reason for testing in the fist place.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:56 PM   #8
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Re: Testing Fear

I test fear by facing it and walking into the heart of the it. Walk into the fire, not away from it.

Sometimes fear only manifests as discomfort, sometimes it makes you want to run screaming into the night.

The best part about facing fear is learning to understand what and why we are afraid and then being able to make decisions that don't prevent fear, but are no longer made because of it. It's rather more exhilarating than any high that's ever been described to me.


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Old 06-05-2007, 10:41 PM   #9
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Re: Testing Fear

Tarik Ghbeish wrote: View Post
I test fear by facing it and walking into the heart of the it. Walk into the fire, not away from it.
Of course there are times when you should listen to your fear and keep a safe distance - you don't get burnt that way.

Still, in many styles of Aikido, testing stress is as close as your going to get to the stress of confrontation. Like you said - embrase it, learn from it.

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Old 06-06-2007, 03:56 AM   #10
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Re: Testing Fear

I always ask myself: "what is there to be afraid of?" If sensei thinks you are ready, just be confident and do it. If you trust in yourself that you will do it, you will. Simple as that

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Old 06-06-2007, 07:00 AM   #11
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Re: Testing Fear

IMHO there is nothing to be afraid of. At least when we give exams, all I can see around is familiar faces that we trained together during the term. I know them, they know me. The whole atmosfere, no matter how serious exams can be, is a very warm one. We just relax and enjoy the unique experience to learn what we do not know from each other (yes, exams can be a wonderful opportunity to face your mistakes and learn from them). Do not worry, you will do fine! All the best!
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