EP28: Falling In Love With Your Fear

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of allowing fear to flow in and out of our bodies naturally without repressing or denying it
  • Why going to war with fear is going to war with yourself
  • Kristen’s take on what fear is and its role in our lives
  • How to have an honest and constructive conversation with fear
  • How to lovingly relate to fear so it won’t take charge of your life
  • How to flip the script on fear and see it not as a personal weakness but, simply, as a sensation in the body
  • Kristen’s four-step Art of Fear method to compassionately process fear as it arises

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Show Notes

What’s your relationship with fear? Is fear your friend? Or do you resist or suppress fear, or feel that you need to beat or conquer it?

If you have a disempowering relationship with fear, then you definitely want to tune in to today’s episode with World-class athlete and Fear Expert Kristen Ulmer who is here to shake up the conversation about fear, for good.

Kristen is a thought leader on fear who draws from her tenure as the best woman extreme skier in the world for 12 years and from studying Zen for 15 years. She’s the author of: The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead and currently teaches and keynotes about fear and anxiety all over the world.
Kristen is no stranger to fear. For her entire career as a top extreme skier, she used fear as fuel by channeling her fear into motivation. It made her bring her A-game every time she hit the slopes. Now Kristen used her fear as motivation, but she also repressed it which led to major career burnout and PTSD.

In today’s episode, we get real about the negative effects of emotional repression has in your life. Kristen brings a fresh perspective to see that fear isn’t the problem; it’s our reaction to it that, and when we deny or push fear aside, or when we try to conquer or beat it, that ultimately causes big problems in our lives – like chronic anxiety, indecisiveness, insomnia, panic attacks, or depression issues.

The good thing is there is a solution, there is a more honest and loving way to be with fear to make peace with fear instead of allowing it to run our lives. Today Kristen shares how her zen teachings helped her realize her relationship to fear was the source of her unhappiness and anxiety, that is was the cause of her PTSD, and she shares how she created a loving relationship with fear so that she was able to heal and resolve the problems that were being caused by her repressed fear.

 

Kristen Ulmer

Kristen Ulmer is a thought leader on fear who draws from her tenure as the best woman extreme skier in the world for 12 years, from studying Zen for 15 years, and from facilitating thousands of clients on flow and peak performance.

Her work has been featured in such media as NPR, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Tim Ferriss’s new book “Tribe of Mentors” and many more. Kristen is the author of: The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead (HarperWave, June 13, 2017), and currently teaches and keynotes about fear and anxiety all over the world. Some of her clients include Google, Citigroup, Olympic athletes, and the US Air Force.  

 


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