This Girl is On Fire
I’ve been talking lately about my experience at Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within seminar. See previous posts here –> How to Unleash the Power Within and Black Women Don’t Need Personal Development? One experience I didn’t talk about is the infamous fire walk.
If you’re familiar at all with Unleash the Power Within and Tony Robbins you’ve probably heard of the fire walk. Walking on fire has been around for thousands of years and it often serves as a test of an individual’s strength and courage. (Source: Wikipedia)
As we celebrate the fourth of July today I’m reminded of my experience walking on fire. It was in a way my own independence day. I was set free from the fears and limiting beliefs that were holding me back.
I’m not alone in my quest to push through everything that was preventing me from doing more, being more, and having more. Many celebrities have “walked on fire”.
Oprah Winfrey walking on fire:
Arianna Huffington had this to say about her firewalk experience, “It was a powerful experience of the inner strength we have to create the lives we want, not the lives we settle for — an inner strength greater than we often give ourselves credit for. And my tiny blisters were a reminder of that!”
As for me, I didn’t make it all the way across. I took three steps in and didn’t feel a thing. But then…
I took a fourth step. My foot landed softly on the burning coal beneath me. This was the step I felt.
This was the step that hurt like hell.
I immediately jumped off! Many people might say I left “state”. Actually, I was strolling across the fiery coal like a walk in the park on a sunny day. They said to walk normally. They said I wouldn’t feel a thing.
If I would have picked up my pace maybe I would have made it all the way across.
Even though I only took four steps my feet was burning afterwards. Both feet. I could hardly walk. It hurt even more to put my shoes on. I walked to the car barefoot. I stopped at one of those “stop and go” gas stations on the way to my hotel room.
I needed something for my feet. Badly.
I purchased a no brand burn cream. I sat in my car and covered my feet with the cream. Foot burns are no fun.
Nevertheless, it was still a great experience. The next day my feet felt 95% fine. By the third day everything was back to normal again.
Originally I thought, “I’m never doing this crap again!”
Being on the other side of it I feel a bit empowered. I feel confident. I feel like me.
The whole weekend was an experience of awakening of sorts. It was an awakening of me, Charlene. I spent 3 and a half days in a room full of strangers screaming off the top of lungs, dancing, sharing, and wondering, “Who is this girl?”
At times I couldn’t believe what I was doing. I don’t scream. I don’t hug random people. I tend to guard my dreams. And I definitely don’t walk on fire. I was the shy girl. Yet, here I am screaming and dancing and carrying on without a care.
I felt on fire. I hear Alicia Keys song in my head.
Being on fire is being courageous. It’s living up to the standard you know you deserve and making everyone in your life live up to your standard as well. It’s never settling for good enough. It’s making lemonade out of lemons.
Being on fire is taking the opportunity to develop and grow yourself. Only then are you unstoppable.
“It’s not about the goal. It’s about becoming growing to become the person that can accomplish the goal.” – Tony Robbins
What does being on fire mean to you? How would you finish these sentences:
- This girl is on fire because …
- When this girl is on fire she …
- Watch out! This girl is on fire so …
- You’ll know this girl is on fire by …
Now ask yourself, “Am I on fire?”
If you’re not on fire it’s time to light a match! It’s time to blaze through life. It’s time to be seen. It’s time to be felt. It’s time.
My invitation to you, the girl who wants to light her life on fire:
Sign up for a one-on-one, complimentary Transform Your Life clarity session with me. Leave this call feeling energized, clear about what you want, and ready to set your life on fire! Reserve your spot at www.transformwithcharlene.com.
♪♫♩ This girl is on fire. She’s walking on fire. ♪♫♩
I just might walk on fire again. And next time hopefully I’ll make it all the way across.
What about you? Are you celebrating your own independence day today? What are you free from? What do you want to be free from?