Flying Fears Averted

I hadn’t flown for over 20 years, since I was 17. My Fear of Flying was now affecting me on a daily basis.

Flying Fears Averted

Posted by Karen Falconer on

I hadn’t flown for over 20 years, since I was 17.

My Fear of Flying was now affecting me on a daily basis. As well as severely curbing my holiday options, I would now look up every time a plane flew over, and experience that too familiar panicky feeling, a dry mouth, jumbly tummy and that inner voice, which pitied the poor people in the plane and worried about them being trapped! 

Funnily enough, it was lack of cash that ‘forced’ me to do something about My Fear. I needed to go to Southern France for a meeting with a client. At the time, Eurostar was going to cost me over £400 and Easyjet was £20! So I booked the flight, even then thinking that if I didn’t overcome my fear, it was only £20 down the drain! 

I then had some help from an NLP Professional, who had me creating many useful strategies that could help me overcome my fear. Even realising that I could control my thoughts, rather than have them controlling me, was hugely empowering. 

So two weeks after my session I boarded that plane to France, together with my anchors, visualisations and other strategies...and we all got off safely the other end, just as I had been asked to imagine! 

And since then, I’ve been to Cuba, the States and enjoyed many family holidays and busines trips abroad. I even got married in Italy last year before honeymooning in Spain. I don’t actually use many of the strategies now, I just jump on the plane and look forward to the flight...and now when I look up and see a plane in the sky, I think ‘Lucky them, I wish it was me’.

Karen Falconer
Karen Falconer

Karen is CEO of both ANLP International CIC and the NLP International Conference Ltd, Editor of Rapport Magazine and author of The NLP Professional. She is qualified to NLP Trainer level and is a Professional Certified mBIT coach. Karen is also a founder member of the International NLP Research Committee, a Trustee of the NLP in Education Trust, a member of the NLP Press Editorial Board, a school Governor and winner of Hertfordshire Woman of the Year 2009.