This is me, taking a 12 foot plunge into a waterfall pool in a forest in Costa Rica. Easily one of the greatest moments of my life.
Now, before you watch the video, I have to confess, I didn’t fearlessly climb up there and jump.
I actually watched my boyfriend and two friends go first, then stood on the ledge for about seven minutes over-thinking it, paralyzed with fear. More accurately, I was completely paralyzed by the anticipation of how scary it might be, possibly hurting myself, and knowing that if I didn’t do it, I’d totally regret it. (Not to mention the implications for how I behave in my life. How you do anything is how you do everything, right? Maybe…)
I cried a bit, climbed down and jumped off a lower ledge first, THEN finally went back up and did it. That’s what you’re seeing in the vid. That’s why we’re all so excited. Press play to watch:
It wasn’t graceful and yes, I totally held my nose like a little kid…but I did it!!! And that’s what matters.
About 30 minutes earlier I was watching my boyfriend and buddy Mike jump in like it was no big deal. I was laying at the top of the waterfall with my friend Kate, letting the water run beneath us. It felt like a cleanse of all the things I’ve been shedding over the last few months. Calm, relaxing, renewing.
I felt super nervous just watching the boys jump, scared for them. When they asked if I was next I said, “No way, Jose!”…but I knew I was going to do it before the day was over.
Lately I’ve been shifting from hustling, pushing, and living in my masculine energy, to more feminine, heart-centered living. I’m putting 100% trust in my intuition and consciously taking a moment to consult it before I take action, instead of barreling through life, driven by goals and achievements, dealing with the consequences as I go.
In fact, this is the very approach Shape Magazine quoted me for in their Top 30 Motivators for 2013 list!! (Another monumental moment in my life which I will blog about soon, too.)
The quote: “My 2013: Feelings, not goals. Femininity over force. Meditation over willpower. Joy over perfection. Bliss over achievement.”
So, there I stood on the ledge, totally in my head unable to take the leap quite yet, and I realized the difference between listening to my intuition and over-thinking. My intuition told me I’d be safe and taken care of before I even got up there. The excessive thoughts paralyzed me and drew out the anticipation (which is usually far worse than the actual fear itself).
When I hit the cool, clean water, I let go of my nose, and also let go of any doubts I had about any fears holding me back ever again. That’s not to say I won’t have any fears, but I know and trust myself now in a way I never did before.
So what’s the lesson from Costa Rica?
Now that you’ve seen me in one of my most vulnerable moments, I’d love to hear about a big fear you’ve faced that changed your life, too! OR a fear that’s still holding you back that we can support you through. Leave your comment below, I’ll reply to every one!
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Liz DiAlto is a Fitness and Lifestyle coach, on a mission to help millions of women all over the world get the bodies and lifestyles they crave. Recently named one of the Top 30 Motivators for 2013 by Shape Magazine along side Dr.Oz, Jillian Michaels, Ellen DeGeneres, and more, Liz believes that willpower sucks and simplicity, motivation and enjoyment are the non-negotiable keys to achieving success.