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Change is Inevitable

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I wanted to share these words of encouragement from a fellow blogger whose mission is to inspire and motivate those who land on their page.

Change is our biggest fear, but it is also a part of living.  At the end of the day change is going to come. How we react to that change will determine the outcome. It will be positive if we embrace it and negative if we fight it.

Courage means taking action.

Aminellie says when change comes, “Do not crumble” and “Hold on“. I am in total agreement with that.

Now then take these words of inspiration and motivation from Aminellie and Kick Fear Now.

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Only You Alone Can Do This

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“We can aid each other in the independent visions God has given us, but we each as individuals have our own mountain to climb, our own journeys, and our own accountability to God.”

Tonia Renee Lee, Live Inspired, Not Bound!

Go Deep!

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When you face your fears, you will find that everything you need to be the courageous you is already within you. When you access the power within, you will be able to rise up to the tasks at hand. All you need is a little motivation to believe in yourself.

Today you go deep — deep within yourself to access your power. Go ahead, I dare you to Kick Fear Now!

Lessons Learned From Machu Picchu – Part 2

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What started out as a bucket list item turned out to be another learning experience on this journey of self-discovery.  I thought I was going to hike up a mountain for 4 days and arrive at my goal tired with muscles hurting, but exhilarated at knowing that I had “done it!”  This was my plan. Alas, as many of you know, even the best laid plan has a way of changing course on you.

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Lesson Learned:  Preparation is the best tool when trying to accomplish any goal, but despite the amount of preparation and training you do sometimes your plan, or plans, will change.

It will be difficult, but there comes a time when you realize Plan A is not working, so it is better to move on to Plan B.    On my hike up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, altitude sickness got the better of me and my carefully made plans were slowly falling away.  Here, in a nutshell, is what happened.

The first day and a half of climbing was fine.  We moved at a steady pace up the first section past Piskakucho and when we reached camp at Wayllabamba some 2980 meters above sea level the altitude was almost bearable.  I say almost, because when I arrived at the camp I immediately proceeded to vomit up everything I had eaten that day.  When nothing else would come up I stood up straight only to find my head spinning like a whirlpool.  I did not realize it yet, but I was experiencing my first bout of altitude sickness.  I felt that after I had some hot tea and a good night’s sleep all that would be over.  

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Lesson Learned: Always be Prepared for Any Outcome

I woke up the next morning feeling less than 40%, but decided that I would be alright.  A cup of tea, some quinoa porridge, and I could press on.  My stomach was still queasy.  My eyes were bloodshot, but I was okay.  I was ready to take whatever day two had to give me.  Big mistake!

Things did go well, for a while that is.  I did move at a slower pace than most. The hike got steeper and my breathing became more labored, still on I went.  My lungs felt as if it was trying to break free of my chest.  My heart was racing fast and furious.  The thud, thudding grew louder in my ears with each agonizing step that I took.  All I kept asking myself was, “What is going on?”  “Why do I feel this way?”

Our wonderful guide, Vlad
Our wonderful guide, Vlad

Lesson Learned: Regardless of how many people are in the group or on the team, you are still responsible for your own actions.

Our guide, Vlad, hung back with me.  Patiently, he coaxed and cajoled, trying to make me feel good.  Nevertheless, I could see in his face that he knew I was struggling.  His years of taking groups up and down the Inca Trail allowed him to assess the situation very quickly.  The altitude was taking its toll on me and I would not be able to tackle the next leg of the journey.  It was far too steep and the air would get much thinner.

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Lesson Learned:  There is more than one way to accomplish any endeavor you aspire to attain. Your real challenge is to be flexible and open to what might happen along the way.

It was an agonizing time but I had to make a choice.  I could continue on, moving slower and in more pain, or I could turn around, somewhat defeated, and go back down.  The hike down would also be slow and painful, but the pain would be to my ego, not my heart and lungs.

I sat down on a big stone and suddenly the tears began to pour.  Tears for the pain I felt in my chest and the fact that I was finding it so hard to breathe.  Tears of grief because I knew I had to make a decision there and then whether to labor on or turn back.  Tears of relief because I knew that once the choice was made it would be the right choice.

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Lesson Learned:  You do not have any idea how small and insignificant you are in this great big world until you stand facing a mountain or are surrounded by a range of mountains.

As I walked down the mountain with just the guide and porter accompanying me, I had a deeper revelation of what my purpose in life is.  The journey was not about succeeding.  Instead it was a journey of inspiration, motivation and exchange.  I was able to spend time with people I had never met before who touched my life in such a special way.  I was allowed to hear some of the dreams, desires and aspirations of several of them, as well as get to know them on a more personal level.  All because half way up the mountain my plans changed.

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Lesson Learned:  Fear stems through everything that we do.

If we allow unrealistic fear to remain long after the perceived danger has passed, then we are allowing something that was only a short-term challenge stop us from moving forward in our lives.

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Lesson Learned: It’s not about me, it’s about you.

My purpose is to give practical help to people who want to overcome the unrealistic fear or fears that stop them from accomplishing the goals and dreams that will lead to a successful future.  If you are one of those people who want to Kick Fear Now, then you’ve arrived at the right place.

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Lessons Learned from Machu Picchu – Part 1

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I know that most of you would not even think about doing such a thing as climbing a mountain.  Nevertheless, you can step out of your comfort zone by doing one thing that you have never done before.  Even better, do one thing that you have always wanted to do but unrealistic fear has prevented you from doing it.

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This is what I did in the early part of July.  Wanting to step out of my comfort zone, I undertook the exciting venture of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.  According to the itinerary supplied by G Adventures, the tour group I went with, the 4-day hike is “physically challenging but worthwhile.”  It was also “within the ability of most reasonably fit.”

Well, I like to class myself as physically fit, plus I enjoy hiking up and down hills and mountains.  So off I ventured, knowing that I was quite fit and able to endure to the very end.  Boy was I wrong.

Climbing or, in my case, hiking a mountain is a challenge.  Your expectations at the beginning of the journey are often immense.  The adrenaline is flowing and you feel you can conquer anything.  It is as you continue to ascent up, and the way gets steeper, that you realize how small and insignificant you are in comparison to the big, beautiful mountain you think you can conquer.

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You learn a lot when you climb a mountain.  You learn even more if you are unable to finish and have to come down defeated.  That’s right I did not finish the 4-day hike.  In fact, due to a number of things, including altitude sickness, I came back down on the second day.  Needless to say I was not too thrilled, but I had accomplished an extraordinary goal and it not only lifted my confidence and boosted my self-esteem, but it let me know that change is possible if you give it a chance.

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So, I am back and I’m here to let you know that you can eliminate unrealistic fear from your life.  You can Kick Fear Now by taking one action step after another.  That’s what I have been trying to do myself and it is what I am encouraging each one of you to do for yourself, even if you only accomplish one small action at a time.  Yes, there will be setbacks along the way but it does not mean you give up.  Instead, you just find another way to complete your goal.

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One of the things I learned from my climb up the Inca Trail is that you can’t go up a mountain and not come down without a revelation.  For many people it is a spiritual revelation, for others, a physical or mental revelation. The fact is the journey is yours.  When you begin, only you know what you want to accomplish.  Your experience is yours alone.  Your revelation will open your eyes to the person you really are capable of being.

Removing unrealistic fear from your life is much like hiking a mountain.  Conquering it begins with taking the first step. So find your mountain today, whatever your unrealistic fear is, and walk out of your comfort zone.  You may be in for a big surprise.

Don’t Be Afraid to Aim for the Top

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When you feel small, insignificant, and vulnerable, the place you want to get to may seem far out of your reach.  You may think your goals are lofty and you have your sights set too high.  But rest assured this is not the case.  Don’t be afraid to aim for the top.  Instead, plan for the journey by making ample preparation.

First, have a clear idea of what it is you are trying to accomplish.  Second, map out your plan of action into bite size, doable, action steps.  Third, tackle each action step until you have successfully completed the task.  Once this is done move onto the next action step.

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Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck along the way.  Sometimes, when trying to accomplish something with great effort, you realize you cannot do it on your own.  All of us can use a little guidance or direction along the way.  The stumbling block can be passed if someone who knows the territory and has been there before comes and gives you a hand.

The path ahead of you is an amazing and awesome one. It will require all of your focus, energy, and strength. Whatever you do, don’t give up, don’t drop out, and most of all, don’t stop.

Kick Fear Now! The view at the top is too spectacular to miss out on.

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Photographs courtesy of Adrian Edwards #Just1Thought

You Can Do It — Yes You Can

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Yuichiro Miura is an 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber.  He has had heart surgery four times.  Now he says he is heading to back to Mount Everest for his third ascent.  He has climbed the summit before in 2003 and 2008.  If he is successful, he will be the oldest person to reach the top. 

What an awesome bucket list challenge.  What a way to Kick Fear Now!  Mr. Miura, I know you will be successful.

“If you wish strongly, have courage and endurance, then you can get to the summit of your dream.”  Yuichiro Miura