That said, the one thing that I had in order to face these unknown demons, was experience and and ability to cope with whatever the day choose to throw at me.
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
The limits of our comfort zone begin at a very early age. Evolution provided us with this tool to ensure that we did not place ourselves in danger. If something tastes bitter, we automatically spit it out. If, on the other hand what we eat tastes sweet, we will happily eat it with relish. This is why two million years later we still have problems getting children to eat their unfashionable, yucky, greens
That “comfort zone” is there to protect you.
And so it was when I first approached the open ramp of a Hercules C130 transporter, the parachute ripcord dragging on the rail behind me, that I knew I would be glad to get back down on terra-firma if only to change my underwear.
Looking back at that first episode, my heart was pumping pure adrenalin, I was sweating profusely and my stomach was on a continuous spin cycle… until my feet connected with the ground and the canopy above me began to collapse.
Oddly enough my immediate reaction was “WOW! We are definitely going to do that again!"
That’s when they jacked up the ceiling from 2,000 feet to 35,000 feet. I’m sure that the people on the ground would have looked like ants had it not been for the cloud cover obscuring the view below as we tumbled out the back of the aircraft and in to the wide blue yonder. (Just to give you a "heads-up" here, modern passenger aircraft generally cruise at 40,000 feet)
You’re probably thinking “maybe tomorrow,” whereas I would encourage “let’s do it NOW... Grab your coat!”
While evolution may have provided you with an all-important safety margin, it is only by experiencing new horizons that you can build on your levels of confidence.
Be BRAVE! Think POSITIVE THOUGHTS!
Do you really think that we would let you jump from this height if we didn't think you were ready? Just remember, it is the last eighteen inches that are crucial. Free falling through the air will not kill you. The sudden stop will though, but that's only if your chute fails to deploy.
So… Are you now ready and raring to go?
Great! Grab your coat. Don’t worry about a parachute. I’m sure that we’ll find you a spare one knocking about.