You are not Your Thoughts or Your Feelings

Erik Weihenmayer loves the outdoors. Namely climbing mountains, ice and rock. He also enjoys whitewater kayaking, tandem mountain biking, backcountry skiing, paragliding and adventure racing. At the age of 13, he lost his sight. In 2001, he became the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits—the highest mountain on each continent.

Carol Dweck, Stanford University psychologist once said: For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.

Weihenmayer, understandably, had trouble accepting his vision loss. He refused to take advantage of any tools that could assist him. He wanted to hang on to his life in the sighted world.  In time he realized, that even though he was miserable, life was still going on around him. Without him.

Not wanting to be swept to the sidelines and forgotten because of his blindness he started learning braille, using a white cane, and adapting to new technologies.

All people are created with the equal ability to become unequal. Along the way, especially and unfortunately in our childhood, we adopt a false set of beliefs from our experiences and interactions with our surroundings. Unproven beliefs about who and what we are and what we are capable of achieving  Many of these beliefs evolve into self-imposed limitations manifested daily through our thoughts and feelings.

If you ever wish to escape mediocrity you have to embrace this fact – You are not your thoughts or your feelings. Don’t stake claim to them. Do not identify with them. They are not your masters. You are not required to obey them. Step back and observe them and then act in spite of them. Action is the only event that brings clarity.

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