Some people have a fear of flying.
They have a fear of the plane crashing, the engine falling off during takeoff, or the plane completely disappearing off the radar.
The smallest air bump and they are convinced that they are going to crash. A strange sound from the engine and they are certain that the plane could break up mid-flight. They say to themselves “never again” once the flight has landed, and kiss the ground in gratitude that they are alive.
I have empathy for people in this position because I recognize that they are scared of flying, and have no idea how to overcome it.
Fear is just false evidence appearing real.
In this article, I share some tips that I learnt to overcome my fear of flying — and how you can do the same.
1. Understand the data behind flying.
There are approximately 100,000 flights a day around the world. Yet only a handful each year have to undertake an emergency landing. According to data, the odds of being in a plane crash are approximately 1 in 11 million. The chances of being on one of those flights is stunningly small.
2. Focus on the positives.
When stepping onto a plane, people with a fear of flying often focus on the negatives, and everything that could possibly go wrong. Instead, focusing on the benefits of flying will take your mind off any fears. For example, you could think about how amazing your vacation will be, or the positive emotions of reuniting with your loved ones upon landing.
3. Reverse engineer the fear.
Find out exactly what you are scared of, and reverse engineer that negative emotion in order to overcome it. If you feel nervous stepping inside the terminal, consider taking a day trip to the airport so you are able to adjust to your surroundings at your own pace. If you are scared of being in a plane for extended periods, take a series of short flights & gradually build up the flight time.
4. Stop judging yourself.
If you stop judging yourself for being afraid of flying, it makes it much easier to conquer your fears. Everybody is scared: It’s a natural human trait to be afraid of something.
If you can get the courage to begin overcoming this fear, you have the courage to succeed.