The courage to change

The coastal landscape is shaped and created by the sea, the wind, the water and the waves.
The rocky coasts appear as something so solid, immutable and lasting.
High cliffs fall steeply and massively into the sea and look like a castle, which faces the sea.
But they are permanently exposed to the elements and even the smallest forces are able to deform the rock.

You can divide the coastal forming processes into three categories:

1. Constructive processes: this includes, for example: lifting of parts of the earth’s crust, volcanization and erupting lava, which can form new sections after cooling.

2. Protective processes: here, for example, seagrass meadows, kelp forests, mangrove forests and coral reefs protect the coastline from erosion.

3. Destructive processes: these include rockfalls, surf erosion, calving and melting of glaciers.

 

 

 

We are also constantly exposed to the storms and elements of life and are shaped by them in our personality.
Our fears and inner critics are part of our protective processes.
They want to save us from danger, but leave us in our comfort zone, so that we can’t grow and evolve.

If we don’t step out of our daily routine, we won’t learn anything new, our comfort zone will be even smaller and then we will tend to do only the habitual.
Even if we don’t listen to our own inner voice, but only to the opinion and imagination of others, we don’t develop any further.
Sometimes we even lose skills, become narrower in our perceptions and lose our openness.
These are then destructive processes of our personality.

Solving difficulties and problems, learning new skills, coping with fears let us emerge from our comfort zone and make us develop and grow, gain strength, learn new skills, expand our repertoire of tackling problems, continue to build our personality.
This is then a constructive growth of our personality.

 

 

 

 

„Fear is the other half of courage.“

(Reinhold Messner)

 

 

Through small changes, small steps, we can change our bad habits which sometimes seem to be carved in stone.
It doesn’t always require the great storm, the great forces.
Over time, little impulses are enough to make a big change.

Why is it so hard for us to leave behind old habits that are no longer useful?
Why do we sometimes remain immobile, like a rock in the surf?
But isn’t this rock shaped by the power of the water and the waves?

At the beginning we often lack courage.
We prefer to stay in our comfort zone, in our habits.
There we feel safe, there we believe we have everything under control.
But the gales of life are also gnawing at us, and we can’t control these circumstances.
These experiences and events in life, people who we meet, also form us.
In small steps, such as the continual influence of the elements on the coasts, we also can make a difference, shape something, inspire other people.
We only need this courage, these initial impulses to change something.

Even if we can’t do it perfectly, if we make mistakes, fail, we will learn from those experiences.
And the more experiences we make and the more we fail, the more we will move towards success and grow in our personality.

 

„Courage is at the beginning of action, happiness in the end.“
(Demokrit)

 

 

 

Sometimes the ocean needs a long time to form these incredible coastal landscapes.
But through the steady influence the ocean manages to create these magnificent landscapes.
If we want to change something, then we should do it in small steps, so that we don’t flinch from these tasks.
We should do this in small steps so that the situation don’t seem to be insuperable like an unsurpassable wave that builds up in front of us.
Small steps, small drops are enough.
These should be steady and incessant.
Always a little further, until the first grains of sand come off and the stone starts to crumble.

 

 

 

Have courage to risk the change!

 

„Not because it’s hard, we don’t dare, but because we don’t dare, it’s hard.“

(Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The fear as a way to freedom

Sometimes the sea shows its power and strength in an impressive way.
When high waves come towards me, like insurmountable forces of nature, it puts me for a moment in a crippling fear.

A fear that briefly freezes me and makes me hesitate for a moment.
A strong uncertainty that comes up and I am unable to act properly and consistently.

Especially at crucial moments, when i have to master the wave with all my strength, in which I can not hesitate.
And then this fear comes.
I am not able to ride the wave and the wave will drag me down.

 

 

 

 

Fear pulls me into the depths of my emotions and lacks clarity and focus.

Why does this fear hold me back, even with the things or maybe especially with the things I love and like to do?

This fear, which makes me unable to decide clearly and unable to act consistently.

Why do I want to escape from this fear?
Why do I avoid that feeling?

 

 

 

 

It is such an important and meaningful feeling.
It alerts us to dangers.
It is a protective mechanism.
It makes us particularly focused in dangerous situations, sharpens the senses and puts the body in the highest alert and motivation.

But sometimes it rolls over us like a wave and leaves us paralyzed and incapacitated.
That’s the fear that I would rather escape from.

 

 

 

 

It is important to me to realize that fear is a signal, that something is especially important to me, that it means a lot to me and that I am afraid of losing it.

Because our mind would rather leave us in the familiar, in the situations that we know and we want to preserve the things we love.
Therefore, the fear signals that we are leaving our familiar and appreciated terrain.

But behind this fear is the growth, the challenge, a liberation from self-limiting beliefs, new experiences and freedom.

 

 

 

 

How can I deal with this fear?

I should accept the feeling, acknowledge that it has a protective function.
I realize that this feeling is not bad in itself.
And most of all, if the situation allows you to mentally step back and it allows you to think about what action options you have, try it, take small steps and approach the fear.

In dealing with fear, the sea has taught me a lot and especially surfing.

When I go surfing, it sometimes means that I learn to accept that the ocean is stronger today and I learn to accept the given situation.

On some days I also see the waves as a challenge to grow.

If I have managed to meet this challenge then I have the feeling that I can regain some of the strength of the sea.

 

 

 

Therefore, consciously go where your fear is.

It gives you clues about where your heart is, what is meaningful to you, and overcoming the fear leads you to freedom.