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That Time I Walked Across Broken Glass

A Lesson In Overcoming Your Fears

Fear. It affects us all. It holds us back, prevents us from moving forward, from reaching goals, from living up to our potential. It rears its ugly head before moments big and small, whispering discouragement and convincing us not to do that thing we are being asked to do, that we know we should do or we want to do to move on in life or business. Fear used to hold me back too – fear of failure, fear of success, fear of letting go, fear of losing something, just so much fear. I’ve been working for the past few years on letting go of fear in order to live my best, most powerful, and most productive life, and I FINALLY feel like I am getting the hang of things! [caption id="attachment_2274" align="alignleft" width="300"]walking on broken glass with billy beck 3 Billy Beck III with his rows of broken glass, waiting for us to walk across it.[/caption]

Last weekend I attended a conference for fitness business owners down in Orlando, and the final keynote speaker was addressing a big topic, really the theme of the weekend- how to rise above and conquer the obstacles in your life, especially addressing fear and the head trash that comes with it. He had an activity planned for us all to drive this point home- walking across very sharp, very large chunks of broken glass bottles that he had laid out on stage. My first reaction (and the natural reaction to just about everyone in that room...) was 'Oh no, I'm not walking across that!' Followed by the 'I'll cut myself! I'll be bleeding all over the place, I'm such a klutz! It's so sharp! This is stupid. I won't learn anything from this, so I'm not going to do it. I have to hop in a car and drive 6 hours later, I can't do that with cut up feet. I don't even have any band aides. I hate these dumb metaphor exercises. Even if I did do it, one trip across broken glass isn't going to make a difference. I don't need to put myself through that." All within seconds of each other, a flood of negative thoughts and FEARS, circling around in my brain. I was surprised by how strong and how quickly they came to something as silly as walking across broken glass. And he left that glass up there for us to stew on for his entire talk, about an hour of staring at sharp, shiny rows of glass.

When it came time and he called on everyone to get up, form lines, we were going to conquer our fears by walking across broken glass, a lot of people left the room and refused to do it. I admit I considered leaving too ... but I've been working on facing things, so I made myself take off my shoes, get up, and get in line. I was second in line. The first person went. The sounds of the glass breaking under his feet made my skin crawl and my hands start to sweat. It was so scary. I could feel the adrenaline pumping. But I promised myself not to let fear hold me back, to say YES to challenges, and to start living life to the fullest no matter what. So I took my turn. [caption id="attachment_2275" align="alignleft" width="225"]walking on glass1 facing fears- walking on broken glass![/caption] That first step... my heart was racing! Glass started breaking gradually as I shifted my weight... but then I took another step, and another, and realized with surprise- hey, this isn't bad at all! Before I knew it I was across, and I had done it! Something that had seemed so terrifying a few moments before, was actually fairly easy once I just stepped up and did it! Each step was easier than the previous, and it was over in no time at all. I started laughing, and raised my arms in triumph! So did everyone else who walked across, some yelling, some jumping up and down, passing high fives all around. The emotional rush of relief, confidence, excitement and conquering that fear was unbelievably powerful. I truly felt like I could go out and do ANYTHING in that moment.

Walking on glass was representative of how we handle things in life.  How often do we tell ourselves that we can’t do something?  How often do we not take risks because of the potential outcome?  How often do we make choices out of fear?  How many people stay the same from the time they’re born to the time they die? I refuse.  I refuse to let ANYTHING EVER hold me back!  I am empowered, confident, and stronger than I ever knew possible. And you know the really great thing? SO ARE YOU! My life’s mission is to empower people to live their best lives – to help them embrace change rather than fear it, to overcome, and to be their strongest – mentally, physically, and emotionally.  reFORM Studios is the catalyst for my life’s mission.  What we do is so much bigger than working out or losing weight.  It is transformative, and after the revelations I had this weekend, you better get ready because we’ve only gotten started.

Are you ready to face a fear that's been holding you back from reaching your goals? Contact us today - we'd love to help you break through and become the best you possible! Request a free consultation and we'll take it from there. You have nothing to fear but fear itself!

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