I don’t talk about this much, but I get really anxious about flying. Or at least I did.
I used to have no problems with flying. It didn’t even occur to me to be nervous. I’d hop on 12+ hour flights back and forth from the US to Australia and New Zealand and feel nothing. Then everything changed.
When my grandmother and I were coming back from Rome in 2009, we hit a rough patch of turbulence midway. I mean REALLY rough. It was so bad that objects towards the back of the plane started rattling off onto the floor. I was sure we were going down.
Ever since then, I’ve felt nervous on planes. As time progressed, the problem seemed to get worse, not better. Even booking the flight was nerve wracking. I’d get jolts of nervousness like lightning bolts through my body just thinking about upcoming flights.
Not exactly a convenient problem for a nomad to have.
My flight back from Tampa to Mexico City in October was the worst to date. On the way to the airport, I was shaking and nauseous and I was very close to canceling the flight altogether.
So a few days before I hopped on the flight leaving Mexico yesterday, I knew I had to do something. I was tired of feeling so nervous and anxious and decided to face my fears.
NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming, is a practice that has increased in popularity in the past couple decades. It’s been on my radar screen for awhile, but the first time I looked into it I was put off by its potential for evil. However, I’d heard it was an excellent way to cure phobias, so I thought why not?
I bought the book Free Yourself From Fears with NLP: Overcoming Anxiety and Living Without Worry (affiliate link) and watched the following videos on YouTube: (http://youtu.be/kG7Epc5cq_w) and (http://youtu.be/qIT3OF3UTx0). I didn’t just read the book or watch the videos, but I followed along with the mental exercises.
The result? For the first time in two years, I felt fine. I wasn’t nervous beforehand, I didn’t start sweating or shaking in the terminal, and the mild turbulence we passed through didn’t make my heart skip 10 beats.
But it seems too easy, right? I mean watching a couple of videos and reading a short book on my Kindle, and that’s it?
It appears so.
So I’d like to challenge you. Are you afraid of flying or do you have another mild phobia? Check out some NLP books and videos and let me know what happens.
Also, I’d love to hear from you if you have any experience with NLP. Was it effective? What do you think about it?