“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.”                                                                                    –  Jacques Cousteau

SCUBA diving is (in a word) magical.  It’s like exploring another world while learning to fly. SCUBA diving is as meditative and clarifying as the best yoga class you have ever experienced and as educational as your best museum field trip. SCUBA diving is not the extreme sport that people often think of but is a great lesson in overcoming your fears.

When I talk about accomplishments in my life, whether it’s professional speaking, becoming a certified SCUBA diver, or even hosting an online radio show, I am amazed at the reactions I receive from people. You can almost see the wheels turning in their head as the look on their face begs the question “what kind of a person does that?” In fact, many people do not realize the joy and personal empowerment that comes from pursuing a serious challenge, pushing through your fears, and accomplishing something that literally changes you as a person. Too often, we run away from anything we fear.

The first time I was invited to go on a SCUBA diving venture, I initially thought it wasn’t for me because of my poor swimming skills. And even after taking diving classes and finding out that great swimming skills were not required, I still had to fight through my limiting beliefs about being able to breathe underwater. And believe me, I was scared to death the first time I jumped off that boat into the ocean!! I had to push through all my fears in order to enjoy all the amazing benefits of SCUBA diving.  Once I pushed through my fears and went beyond my comfort zone, I realized that I can develop these skills to rewrite limiting beliefs in many other areas of my life as well!

We all have limiting beliefs – the negative thoughts in our head that tell us we can’t accomplish things. Thoughts like “I have never done this before so I can’t do it” or “that’s not for me, I am not that type of person.” But what if you could replace those limiting beliefs with positive thoughts? What if you can accomplish something spectacular that just happens to be outside of your current comfort zone? What if you ARE that type of person? Just imagine the possibilities!

The next time you catch yourself thinking limiting thoughts, add the word “yet” to the end of the sentence. For example, I have never done (this activity) yet!  And better yet, consider taking up SCUBA diving!  Push through your fears, set yourself free, and join us on the journey to a healthy lifestyle!!