If there is one person to ask about how to manage fear and self-doubt, it’s the 2x time Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion, Rhiannan Iffland.
Rhiannan won her first title in 2016 at just 25, with a wildcard entry and in her rookie year — becoming the first person to do so.
And only this past weekend, she successfully defended her title by winning the final event in the series, held in Chile.
From growing up on the shores of Lake Macquarie just north of Sydney to a career that requires her dive from heights of up to 24m / 78ft and off everything from platforms, cliffs, waterfalls and even helicopters, Rhiannan admits it has taken her a while to learn how to control her thoughts and manage her fear.
In this conversation, we discuss:
* her childhood growing up in Lake Macquarie and her origins in trampolining and diving,
* learning to high dive while working in a theme park in France and on cruise ships as an aquatic acrobat,
* her first experience of cliff diving and the psychological differences between diving from a cliff versus a platform,
* how she has learnt to manage her thoughts and her fears in the lead-up to a jump (note how she uses mindfulness to calm herself the moment before she jumps),
* why it’s important to realise you have the power to choose whether you focus on positive, constructive thoughts or on the negative ones.
This is a shorter conversation than normal as Rhiannan was getting ready to leave France to head to Chile to compete in the last event in the series (which she won - again!).
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To find out more about Rhiannan or to say hello, you can find her on Instagram and Facebook.
See Rhiannan's story - Taking the Plunge - on Sixty Minutes Australia, 2016.