Yesterday was Father’s Day. This year we decided to do something different and active together.
The kids love watching the Australian Ninja Warrior. And so this particular venue has a ninja warrior course and with the famed warped wall.
The warped wall is at the end of the course, is about running toward and upward and reaching the height to pull yourself up to the top.
We each had a go and got up there. My daughter who is seven and just about 110cm tall was scared and afraid at first. I told her I would go up even though I was scared and afraid too just to show her to believe in herself.
After she saw I was able to get up there, she said I want to have a go.
All together she attempted the wall over 100 times, each time increasing in confidence, and excitement.
I heard her say I’ve got this I believe in myself. I said who taught you that sweetheart? She said I did. I said that’s called a mantra and I love your mantra. It’s a beautiful one. She was harnessing the power of believing and empowering herself through positive self talk.
Every now and again I observed watched on as she would find another obstacle and challenge herself to master it.
When she had mastered a different obstacle, she used this energy of achievement, carrying this feeling back to the warped wall.
Absolute genius, through watching my own daughter I discovered how to harness the power of believing.
Don’t give up
Never ever give up
The secret is to try 1000 times
Take a break and do something you know you can get done
Try a different challenge instead of staying stuck
Come back and try again
Carry the feeling of achievement in one area of your life to another
I saw her little face as she saw her much taller and older brothers get up and over the wall - “anything they can do, I can do,” and seeing them get over inspired her to keep going.
And I absolutely loved hearing the encouragement of her brothers, who only saw that she could do it.
She managed to touch the top of the warped wall with her hand three times. She was happy with this secondary goal even though I could see her little face wanted to achieve the primary goal of getting all the way to the top, she said I want to keep practicing, can we come school holidays and Christmas holidays too.
Of course, how could I say no to that?
This is how you harness the power of believing - you say it, you believe it.
EDIT: we visited the warped wall again, and guess what? YES! she made it up to the very top of the wall. You should have seen her face. Next challenge here she comes, she is already setting her sights on the next wall!
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