Axe-throwing is a favorite Canadian pastime now made popular in the US.
For me, there was no way I was going to get anything out of the axe-throwing. I wasn’t willing to try and fail and expose myself…
How often in business and relationships have you not faced a challenge? When you weren’t prepared to risk the potential for failure, so you settled?
If you are like me and want improvement in your life you have to Up Your Intensity to Free the Mind. You have to get over the everyday thoughts you cling to that keep you hooked to the same level of experience.
The sport of Axe throwing is an opportunity to level up and expose yourself to failing. It’s not what you think. The results are not what you imagine. It is an exhilarating experiment for a 16 year-old young man or a plus 50 year-old woman.
You learn to overcome obstacles and Free The Mind.
THE KEY IS BE WILLING TO TRY
Trying something out of the ordinary creates space for possibility.
Don’t see yourself aiming a sharp instrument at a wall? Consider this a test to challenge yourself and Free The Mind from the voice that says “I can’t”.
Many times the “I can’t” stands for “I won’t”. But why not take a risk to try?
You can practice this move wherever you are right now. Reach back. Aim. Throw.
Double Up your Efforts
Most miss the first try. Then with several more attempts you reach a breaking point. Either you decide this isn’t for you and quit(does this happen to you?) Or you double up your efforts. You Go All In for the axe to hit the bulls-eye.
There is a freeing up inside when you do
Being all consumed you forget what you look. You transcend your fears. You pick up the axe and throw another mistake and you feel mistakes no longer matter. They are no longer who you are. You aim and miss and move on.
The whole time you are possessed by the moment of trying, failing, trying, having success, trying and failing again. The mind is freeing itself.
In axe throwing, business, relationships or any creative act, you get left on the sidelines if you avoid letting go of your fears.
Life, like axe throwing is not a toe dipping exercise.
The first step is making a DECISION.
The DECISION changes everything. This can be true in a creative endeavor, business or upgrading your relationship to the next level.
Without a clear, “I am going to make this happen” you miss out on the joy of taking action. You make life challenges out to be insurmountable. You stay overwhelmed. You rely on default thoughts of our two million year old brain to avoid facing your fears and letting go.
This keeps fearful thoughts living and breathing in you.
Axe throwing is intense. There is no halfway at attempting the skill. Your fear is fully exposed whether you are trying or not. Taking actions in life or axe throwing is a process that frees the mind.
Let your thoughts go. Face your worst fear. Face the fear that you may fail. Failing frees the mind to try something new. In this open space of possibility you feel free.
You learn. You grow. You redefine what failure means in your mind.
You learn fear is thought. It’s only thought scaring you with thoughts. As you surrender lower energy emotions designed to protect your survival— the creativity and freedom to BE you is unleashed.
Rather than surrender, most let fearful thoughts usurp authority in their life. It is easy and comfortable to fail in your thoughts. Reread that last part. You find comfort in settling for the thoughts you are used to in your head!
Holding onto thoughts that don’t work is resistance to a new way of seeing!
Because we feel vulnerable about our future we keep trying to solve problems in our head. -David Carbonell, author.
This restricts life to what our worn out patterns of thought tells us are safe.
We don’t add up the cost of fear.
The way to Free The Mind and release your fears is one; try axe throwing.
The ideal way to Free The Mind is risk trying and failing in your everyday life.
A palpable creative intimacy with the world takes place when you engage life by trying, failing, trying, having success and failing again.
This Builds Bold Fierceness of “Don’t Ever Settle”
Myself, I have had a few bad ideas in life and some good. But there is one thing I know. You have to throw the axe. You have to risk. You have to throw many ideas against the wall until you discover life affirming ones. Otherwise you settle.
Steve Jobs-2005 Stanford Commencement Address
Jobs Shows — The Power of Curiosity and Intuition
“And most of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on…If I had never dropped in on that single course in college. The MAC would never have had multiple type faces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the MAC. It’s likely that no personal computer would have them”…
And the Courage Behind Connecting The Dots
“So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart”. — Steve Jobs
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