If there is one woman who has had an up-close-and-personal relationship with fear, it’s Kristen Ulmer.
At 20, Kristen was skiing for the love of it and in jeans.
By 23, she was on the US moguls ski team, starred in the first of 20 extreme skiing movies and was named the ski media as best woman big mountain extreme skier in the world (a ‘title’ she held for 12 years).
This is a woman who came face to face with fear, in life-and-death situations, regularly and she developed a very intimate relationship with it.
However it was only towards the end of her career, as injuries, illness and PTSD took their toll, she began to realise her relationship with fear wasn’t healthy and that it has caused or contributed to many of these problems.
And so she began an in-depth study and obsession with fear.
Fast forward to now and she’s the author of a book called 'The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What To Do Instead'.
The premise behind it is that conquering, mastering, and trying to overcome fear doesn’t work and instead, we need to learn to embrace our fear and listen to it (rather than trying to ignore it or quieten it down).
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