Written by Maria Chambers
My Firewalk With Tony Robbins.
Sometimes, the desire to experience something new is accompanied by a nagging sense of trepidation.
Fear, often lurking in the shadows, casts doubts that can be difficult to shake. Perhaps you’ve ventured into the unknown before, only to encounter disappointment. But here’s the secret: it’s perfectly okay to enter the realm of the unfamiliar, even while carrying a backpack of fear and doubt.
Let me take you back to 1986 when I embarked on a remarkable journey that involved walking across fiery coals at the Firewalk Workshop with the ever-inspiring Anthony Robbins. As I reluctantly took those first steps onto the 1100-degree coals, my heart raced with trepidation. Doubt clung to me like a stubborn shadow.
Yet, miraculously, there were no burns or blisters on my feet as I navigated that fiery path. I was not alone in this daring feat; nearly 400 others shared in this astonishing experience. Tony himself offered encouragement, his presence a reassurance, as I hesitated before those blazing coals, admitting, “I’m not ready!” His unwavering response? “You’re ready. I’ll hold your hand.” And indeed, he did. Still, even with Tony’s guidance, and as he held my hand and we walked together, I walked with a lingering sense of uncertainty.
So, why do I bring this up? It’s because I’ve come to believe that we need not be ‘100 percent’ ready before we embark on our journey of Enlightenment. It’s okay to walk alongside our fears and doubts and allow them to be transformed into something more powerful. After all, The essence of the Firewalk experience was to turn ‘Fear into Power.’
Now, I’m not suggesting we recklessly dive into perilous endeavors, but rather, I’m advocating for the audacity to step out of our cozy comfort zones. For me, that comfort zone was the relentless desire to be liked and accepted by others, often at the expense of my own soul’s yearnings.
Our new ‘Firewalk’ should be daring to be selfish, audacious enough to prioritize ourselves and demonstrate, through tangible actions, our commitment to our personal journey. It’s a little frightening because it means risking the possibility of not always being the apple of everyone’s eye, of not earning the approval of those dearest to us.
Fear and doubt will be our companions, but they need not dictate our path. Over time, we’ve honed ourselves for this moment, even though the ‘cold feet’ specter occasionally looms. Yet, as you’ll discover, you’ll gradually find fewer excuses and fewer reasons to hesitate.
Your soul, once willing to settle, now demands more. Your spirit melds ever more seamlessly with your physical self, refusing to accept anything less than boundless joy. It might even manifest as newfound enthusiasm while doing a seemingly mundane chore or the decision to delegate tasks to others because there are no rigid rules in this journey — only the necessity to do whatever it takes.
Consider this: if your grand aspiration is to amass great wealth, that’s a splendid desire indeed. But ask yourself, if you can’t even spare an hour to indulge in your passions without external distractions, or if you won’t disconnect from your incessantly buzzing cell phone for an afternoon, how can you expect the universe to orchestrate grander things for you? The beauty of this transformative process is that as you increasingly shower yourself with kindness and self-care, very little from the outside world will have the power to ‘rock your boat.’
Here are seven things you can do to transcend fear:
- Acknowledge Fear: Recognize fear is a natural emotion, and it’s okay to feel it when stepping into the unknown. Accepting fear as part of the journey is the first step towards overcoming it.
- Reflect on Past Experiences: Consider times when you ventured into new territory despite fear and succeeded. Remind yourself of your resilience and ability to conquer challenges.
- Seek Encouragement: Don’t hesitate to seek support and encouragement from mentors, friends, or inspirational figures. Surround yourself with positive influences who believe in your capabilities.
- Break Down Goals: Instead of tackling everything at once, break your aspirations into smaller, manageable steps. This approach allows you to make progress while gradually building confidence.
- Challenge Comfort Zones: Embrace the discomfort of stepping out of your comfort zone. Remember that personal growth often occurs beyond familiar boundaries.
- Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself and prioritize self-care. Taking time for your passions and well-being reinforces your self-worth and inner strength.
- Take Action: Ultimately, transformation begins with action. Start with small, tangible steps toward your goals. No matter how modest, each action propels you forward to transcending fear and embracing empowerment.
A.I. Art by Maria Chambers
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