Our mindset is more powerful than you’d think. I went indoor rock climbing last month with some friends. Halfway up, stomach queasy and muscles quivering I almost gave up. I desperately wanted to make it to the top. The words slipped out of my mouth, “I will not throw up. I will not throw up. I will not throw up.” My hands and feet clawed their way up almost of their own volition.

My friend chose rock handles to get farther away from me hearing what I said. But I didn’t stop. I kept grasping and climbing.

Reaching the top, stomach slightly less queasy I burst out laughing. I did it! I reached the top without throwing up or giving up. You can too. My fear of heights almost froze me as a statue on that wall. I’ve found a critical aspect to my success is defining the negative voices or influences and replacing them with truth.

I find that I can hold myself back out of fear. Somethings can seem insurmountable. Until, I educate myself, give that fear a name and definition. Then, it gets smaller and conquerable. Each time, I’m able to overcome it. You can too!