Chronicles of the 2015 #YearOfFear Challenge.
Here I was flying over my favorite city in the entire world (Austin, TX) in a beautiful jet black multi-million dollar helicopter. This same helicopter had flown Brad Pitt over the city only a week prior.
The experience was a reward for a successful online launch I helped execute earlier in the year that made 6 figures in 6 weeks. Yeah, that’s no typo. Six figures in six weeks.
A year ago if you would have told me I could help create 100K online for someone my entire LIFETIME (let alone 6 weeks), I would have called you bananas. Now, those numbers aren’t impossible for me to wrap my head around.
But it wasn’t always this way.
And life wasn’t always this adventurous or awesome.
SMALL TOWN GAL, BIG TIME DREAMS
I distinctly remember the moment we got the first great view from the air. I had this surreal moment where all I could think was… “Wow, is my life?”
I had this mid-flight flash back to living in a tiny no-name town in the midwest, growing up in poverty, and being born with medical problems that nearly took my life.
Many people don’t realize this, but at birth I was given a 5% chance of living.
In elementary school, when my friends spent recess playing tag and burning off excess energy, I spent mine in therapy learning how to walk correctly.
Being born with Cerebral Palsey, boundaries, walls, and thinking small was something I had to break through since birth.
I was never even expected to be able to live on my own if I survived… and here I was checking off another crazy impossible adventure in my #YearOfFear challenge for 2015.
In this moment I realized, not only had I proved science (and doctors) wrong, but I could do anything I wanted.
I could (literally) go as high as I desired in life as long as I never let the rest of the world tell me what was possible.
The barriers would never be in the world around me, but the thinking within me.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’LL EVER FACE IS THE SPACE BETWEEN YOUR OWN TWO EARS
Two years ago a close friend introduced me to Abraham Hicks and it made me totally re-shape what was possible for my life.
When I realized the biggest limitation I faced was the space between my own two ears, everything changed.
When I started THINKING bigger, I started LIVING bigger. You can call it woo-woo all you want. But you know what isn’t woo-woo?
Massively increasing my income.
Attracting a kick ass career that let’s me work from anywhere in the world.
Traveling any time I want, any where I want, without asking for permission.
All of those… came straight from expanding my thinking.
WHY YOU DON’T HAVE WHAT YOU WANT
It’s tough to take responsibility for our lives and the way we live without blaming it on outside forces (ie. the economy, other people, how we were raised). Because when it’s our responsibility, falling on our ass and failing is also ours to own.
So instead we often blame outside forces, because then it’s also “not our fault” when things don’t work out.
But the first step in getting everything you want, is realizing the only reason you don’t have it is yourself.
No one else in the world can stop you, but yourself (and your limited thinking).
Your entire life is your fault.
If you want to see the only thing in your way, just look in the mirror.
IF YOUR LIFE IS AWESOME, IT’S YOUR FAULT. IF YOUR LIFE SUCKS, IT’S YOUR FAULT
There’s immense power (and freedom) when you realize EVERYTHING in your life is your responsibility.
Your current lifestyle, body, relationships, ect are simply a receipt printout of everything you’ve done up until this point. And if you wanna change it, you’re going to have to realize first that you’re the only one who can. Stop waiting on anyone else to rescue you.
Every time someone asks me how I live the way I do, I answer. “I decided a few years ago that if I wanted to write a story worth reading when I got old, I’d have to be the one who took responsibility for creating it.”
So, now I ask for helicopter tours of the city instead of big fat cash bonuses. I wake up at 4:30AM on Saturday mornings to do EMS ride-a-longs to learn more about the world around me, and I hit the race car track to celebrate turning a year older instead of bar hopping for my birthday.
Unlike 98% of the people who ask me the question above, I commit time to creating a life I’m proud of.
“We don’t stumble accidentally into an amazing life. It takes a decision. A commitment to consistently work on ourselves.”
― Kamal Ravikant, Live Your Truth
I wish I could tell you hitting six figure launches, helicopter tours of the city, and incredible adventures started from something more complex but it didn’t. LIVING bigger started from THINKING bigger.
I remind myself the only thing that will ever stop me is myself.
Science can’t stop me.
Where I grew up can’t stop me.
Other people and their beliefs about what is possible can’t stop me.
And they can’t stop you either.
If your life is awesome, its your fault. If your life sucks, it’s your fault.
I promise you can have anything you want it life, but the first person you’re going to have to convince is yourself.
Go get whatcha want my friends.
I’d love to hear in the comments — what have you been wanting to do but haven’t yet this year? What was the last great adventure you had? When was the last time you proved someone wrong on what was possible? I read and respond to ever comment. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Feature image by Heather West.