“I can do this!” This is one of my power mantras.
I know, it’s not the most sophisticated, poetic, sprinkled-with-magical-unicorn-dust one. But somehow it works for me.
Earlier this year I went to a seminar where firewalking was part of the experience. I am still in awe of what I did. I walked over burning coals and I didn’t feel a thing. Something in me was unleashed that is hard to describe.
People asked me later why it works. It is Mind over Matter, isn’t it? I was so sure, so certain, I could do this. I was nervous, yes. But not really scared, not really doubting. It is mind-blowing – the power the mind has over matter, our reality, even over our body. Pun intended.
It is this unshakable belief that something is possible. For a long time, people said it was humanly impossible to run 100m under 10 seconds. It was only after Carl Lewis broke the 10-second mark in low altitude under electronic timing that other athletes followed his example. Suddenly it was clear: it was actually possible. Carl Lewis said later that he visualized over and over again seeing the numbers 9.98 on the results board.
We need to believe something is possible in order to achieve it. I needed to believe that I could walk over burning coals. I don’t know exactly when I stopped believing in myself. I don’t remember being told: You can’t do this. Not explicitly like that anyway. I think it was just an accumulation of experiences, of things going wrong one too many times, too many losses, failures, and setbacks.
I know how hard it is to knock down limiting beliefs and have faith – despite all the previous experiences I’ve had. To distance myself from the past and say: my past is not my future. Not, if I don’t allow it to be.
I recently witnessed how one of the street cats, I look after, was run over right in front of my house. It was horrible and so sad. I made me realize how fragile life is. It can change and be gone within the blink of an eye. I know I want to leave something behind in the world. I want to love, I want to serve and I want my life to matter. Fear is an unhelpful emotion for achieving this.
I want to live in a world where it is possible to start over, build a successful business around my deepest purpose and meaning or fall in love late in life. Deep down I know I can do all of this. Do I have absolute certainty all the time? To be honest, I don’t. But I keep fighting for it. I keep repeating my power mantra in my head over and over again.
Because I want it to be true, not only for myself but for you too. Because if I can do this – so can you!