Do you wonder whether your fear of flying is treatable?
If so, the good news is this: you can reduce it a LOT. But before I go into detail, you first need to understand that in treating your ‘fear of flying’ you’re actually tackling TWO things: ‘anxiety and ‘fear’.
‘Anxiety’ relates to how you feel when ANTICIPATING a future event. For example, how you feel when thinking about an upcoming flight.
Meanwhile, ‘Fear’ refers to how you feel when you’re ACTUALLY in a feared situation. For example, how you feel during taking off.
Why do I mention this distinction?
Because when you decide to deal with you’re fear of flying, you’ll want to achieve two things:
- Reduce how often you feel anxious and fearful.
- Reduce the intensity of your anxiety and fear.
How well can you achieve these goals?
Luckily, that’s up to you. After all, your level of success will be tied directly to the amount of effort you put in.
On that note, what can you reasonably expect to achieve? My own experience is that if you’re SERIOUS about getting results, you can make big gains relatively quickly.
For example, let’s say you allocated 20 minutes per day to following a structured fear of flying program. And you did that for eight weeks. Let’s also assume that during that time you took four return flights. In that scenario, it’s quite possible – although not certain – that the intensity of your anxieties and fears could fall by 10% – 20%. Maybe more.
You might not think that’s much. But even a 10% reduction in your anxiety levels would be a noticeable improvement. But the good news doesn’t stop there.
Because if, in the following eight weeks you continued to follow the same structured program – and flew four more times – you could reasonably hope for a further 10% – 20% improvement (again, no guarantees).
If you achieved these results, that would mean a 20% – 40% reduction in your anxiety levels in just 16 weeks. That’s HUGE.
But can you totally eliminate your anxiety and fear?
My view is that the answer will vary from person to person. Personally, I’ve made massive improvements over 15 years (I’ve gone from not flying at all to flying every few weeks). But occasionally I still experience a hint of anxiety or fear – especially when I’m tired.
But the number of anxious and fearful episodes I have now is a fraction of what I had previously. Even better, the intensity of those episodes is down DRAMATICALLY.
The result? For me, flying is no longer a big deal.
But does it matter if you never eliminate all anxiety and fear? That’s up to you.
For me, the goal has always been to reduce them to the point where they no longer undermined my quality of life. That’s been achieved – so I’m happy.
Quick question for you
What’s your goal? Do you want to kill off your fear completely? Or would you be happy to simply reduce it a bit? Let me know in the comments.