Back in 2004, I found myself dangling my rear off a mountain in Skagway, Alaska—my legs were shaking, and I could feel a panic attack forming in my chest as I looked over my shoulder to see that I was thousands of feet in the sky. (Big mistake to look out, although a calmer me would have really appreciated the spectacular view.)
“Keep your knees straight. Hold on to the rope. Move it this way to let the rope out, move it this way to tighten the rope,” said the trained mountain climber who was trying to explain to me how to rappel backwards off this mountain wall.
I was in a tightly strapped harness tied to some ropes that he had anchored and was holding—he was ready to belay me. I was ready to cry.
His instructions sounded to me like Charlie Brown’s teacher. Remembering how to do the rope and keep my knees was too much as I stood there paralyzed in fear by the view.
Had I not looked out and down, I wouldn’t have considered it to be such a big task. In truth, the wall I was rappelling, though thousands of feet up a mountain, was only 75 feet above the terrace where everyone was landing. And, I had just climbed the wall twice and rappelled back down with ease and confidence.
The only physical difference between what I was about to do and what I had just done was a matter of inches—being on top of the mountainside versus on the highest part of the wall. The mechanism and process were the same.
There was something about hiking up to the top and then jumping backwards down the wall—and seeing just how high I was—that freaked me out so much that I couldn’t do what I had just done. Shamefully, and disappointed, I walked back down.
Years later, I would see that I didn’t trust myself and I was caught in an illusion that I was taking a risk. Just because I could see how high the stakes were doesn’t mean that the jump was any riskier than when I climbed the wall and rappelled back down. Click to Tweet!
The same fear sets in when climbers move further up the mountain and have to make small jumps to the next level. When the elevation is high, even if the next jump from the point we are at is small, the elevation can be intimidating. Don’t look down, look forward and up. Click to Tweet!
This goes for you whether you’re an entrepreneur about to scale, an executive with a company hitting a growth spurt, or a professional getting promoted.
Are there any areas of your life or business that intuitively you know, deep down, you want to elevate but subconsciously you’re paralyzed with fear? Therefore, you won’t take it to the next level, or keep postponing it, because you’re comfortable with where you are and the elevation is frankly daunting. Funny how those pesky fears surface even though you’re confident 95% of the time…
It’s actually risky to not take it to the next level. I say this based on my own personal experiences and watching what happens with my clients. When your intuition is ready to ignite the next flame but your subconscious (protective ego) gets fixated on the illusions of risk, paralyzing you with fear, serendipity will step in to give you a swift kick in the rear. The not-so gentle cosmic kick will come swinging at you, and you’ll have some situation (or series of situations) that make you rather uncomfortable staying where you are. Can you think back on any situations like this? Let us know in the comments.
If you don’t experience the cosmic kick, you may experience a shameful, disappointed loathing regret that you haven’t done what you really want to do…one that will eat away at you. If you’re like me, you don’t like being told (or believing) you can’t do something. If you want to get me to do something, all you have to do is tell me I can’t. (If any of you want to do that for me as a favor, I’ll give you a list of items I’m currently sitting on.) My instant reaction is to find or make up a way to do it. So, I was pretty upset with the part of me that said, “I can’t do this.” And, I was even more upset with the part of me that caved and gave in to the illusion.
Luckily I discovered hypnosis after this. I not only cured my wheat intolerance (which was a prime example of my being told I can’t do something I wanted to do—eat real pizza) with it in 2005, but I also used it to help me neutralize my fear around rappelling. In 2010, I found myself so neutral around rappelling that I didn’t even feel that much amazement when I jumped backwards off a cliff in Queenstown, NZ. I did take some wonderful photos of the spectacular views, which I was able to thoroughly enjoy first. But, I felt almost no fear when rappelling–Just enough to be cautious and careful, while allowing my intuition to kick in and guide me.
Clarification: People get intuition and subconscious confused all the time…they sometimes get used interchangeably, and intuition gets a bad rap—both are subtle parts of the creative mind, but they are not the same.
Your intuition is always right. It’s the part of you that knows–it’s where you have your “aha” moments in your prefrontal cortex. I haven’t met a single person who says they regret listening to the wise voice inside them, but everyone I’ve ever asked has said they constantly regret ignoring it. It’s a subtle voice that can be drowned out by the auto-pilot programs and beliefs housed in the subconscious—these guys are tricky because you don’t usually know they are there. And, sometimes we get tricked into thinking they are our intuition. It gets all foggy.
Subconscious programs and beliefs are not always right. Often times they are expired, wrong, and blocking you from using your greatest asset, your intuition; blocking you from experiencing and creating all that you want.
Limiting beliefs are liabilities-they cause cosmic kicks and lawsuits and all kinds of hectic life and business experiences. Clearing them increases your value because it allows your mind to expand and be more aligned with your intuition, which is always your greatest asset. When you run an organization, this translates to thousands, millions, billions of dollars saved and produced.
Your Value = Intuition (greatest asset) + Positive Subconscious Programs – limiting beliefs (liabilities) Click to Tweet!
If you want to increase your personal and professional value, increase your company’s assets, do what you always wanted to do and live a fun life, then clear your limiting beliefs. (Trust me, if you’re human, you have them. And, it’s actually normal. The good news: They are easy to eliminate permanently.)
If you need help, contact Bridgenosis at (415) 857-1996. We’re good at it and we love to do it.
What “risks” are you pondering? What cosmic kicks have you experienced? Share and inspire others to take a leap of faith.