Overcoming Fear: Resurrecting You Without Limits

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Fearless is climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. Overwhelming and epic is ascending the famous rock with only 10 fingers and 10 toes and a bag of chalk—in about 3.5 hours, no less. Talk about someone who has personal motivation removed of insecurities or what?

A rock climbing associate of my husband told him that Alex Honnold’s crazy, free-solo climb of El Captain’s Freerider face last weekend with absolutely no ropes or safety equipment of any kind has turned the rock climbing world on its head. The feat is that insane. Honnold might have well as walked on water.

The 31-year-old has already accomplished more in the climbing world than anyone else ever has and maybe ever will. He’s Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali and Tiger Woods rolled into one. Revolutionary comes to mind.

But if you passed him on the street, you’d never know it. Honnold is an extraordinary man in a quite ordinary body who lives in his van yet refuses to allow fear as an excuse to quit. When interviewed by 60 Minutes a few years ago, he was asked if he ever had girls in his van. His response? “Do I look like I have girls in my van?” he rhetorically asked with a self-effacing grin.

He has been likened to a mere Clark Kent on flat land, but the moment he digs his fingers into rock he transforms a bad ass, indestructible superhero. He climbs with the grace of a brain surgeon, and professional ballroom dancer rolled into one. But he also outworks every other climber in terms of preparation, taking a yogi-like approach to planning each climb.

After his rather leisurely climb of El Capitan last week, when most roped-in climbers can spend a week or more on the rock before reaching the summit, Honnold said he feels fear like anyone else. Unlike anyone else, he calmly sets the fear aside because, he reasons, fear is of absolutely no help to him in achieving his goals. Talk about enlightened!

“Sometimes I have moments of anxiety, where I don’t know what I got myself into,” he modestly explained.

Honnold, an avid fitness enthusiast, and environmentalist is no dummy either. Don’t let his daring be confused with stupidity. He sported a 4.7 GPA in high school and was a promising student. He attended UC Berkley and studied engineering but dropped out at age 19 to devote his life to climbing.

The Bottom Line:

When it comes to fear and anxiety, it can seem as if we might fall off the proverbial cliff. But nothing we face comes close to what Honnold looks forward to every day when he wakes up: Proving the impossible is possible.

Are you willing to work and put in ridiculous effort to achieve your goals? You don’t have to hang upside down by your fingers and toes for hours on end like Honnold does, but you can fight for your successes while at the same time accepting—even reveling—in the fact that you might fail.

Or do you expect to simply receive what you think you deserve, rather than making the proper plans and taking calculated steps to make it happen?

What motivates and inspires you to push beyond perceived limits in your quest for achievement? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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28 thoughts on “Overcoming Fear: Resurrecting You Without Limits

    boundlessblessingsblog said:
    June 7, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    Awesome words of truth and fear drives us mad. This guy is amazing thanks for the beautiful share

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 7, 2017 at 11:19 AM

      Welcome, I’m awe struck at how amazing this man truly is. It was absolutely mind blowing what he accomplished!

      Liked by 2 people

        boundlessblessingsblog said:
        June 7, 2017 at 10:07 PM

        Yes absolutely true and when you have no fear you can achieve whatever you wish and want.


    realryangray said:
    June 7, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    This is truly an amazing feat. Inspiring. Also this goes to show you never judge a book by its cover.

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 7, 2017 at 11:21 AM

      Yes exactly, I had no idea how smart this guy was until after I did the research. Most people assume mountain climbers or rock climbers are just free spirits but never associate intelligence behind brave athletes.

      Liked by 1 person

    YellowCable said:
    June 7, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    I am just thinking about the same thing as this post or the bottom lime. I think you need to put up with your best in every thing you do and in the mean time accept the reality that it is possible things may not go your way. Regardless, you at least can still be happy at the end.

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 7, 2017 at 7:42 PM

      Wow….you are so dead on about the point of accepting the outcome of things. That’s the hardest thing to do I believe, is to accept the outcome of circumstances outside of our control.

      Liked by 2 people

    Vivian said:
    June 8, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Such an inspiring analogy ❤

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


    Liked by 1 person

    placeinthisworld247 said:
    June 8, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Great post! I agree with this, and I would add we must have strong motivation to overcome our fears in order for us to succeed. For me, it is the fact that God will have something good in store for me when I trust Him to overcome my fears and insecurities and work hard.

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 8, 2017 at 9:46 PM

      This is so true and you are so right. I think it takes incredible amount of motivation to overcome our personal fears. The fact is everyone has some type of insecurity even those of us that attempt to put on a confident persona. I think that social media plays a key role in allowing people to hide behind a facade that everything in their lives are perfect when they’re not. Thank you for your insightful comment and for reading. ❤

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    Shiva Malekopmath said:
    June 9, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    This is terrific

    A person so simplistic

    Incredible to the core

    Like the ocean brings things to the shore

    Incredible acts done by blessed

    No ordinary sport guessed

    No doubt of fearless

    Commitment is limitless


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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 9, 2017 at 11:38 AM

      I ❤ your poem, thank you so much! Indeed I think we can all overcome obstacles in our lives by willing it so. Our minds are so powerful especially if and when we remove fear. 🙂


    shileen2017 said:
    June 9, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Wow! I cannot imagine!! But … well … wow! What got me in reading your article is when he said he has fear like everyone else, but he sets it aside. That’s a discipline. Most of us often allow the fear to engulf and paralyze us. I will definitely remember this story the next time I’m faced with fear. Really good article! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 10, 2017 at 6:05 AM

      Hey Shileen, his words are exactly what got me as well. The fact that he simply puts fear aside! It’s sounds so simple and it can be. Thank you for commenting, much appreciated. ❤


    Victoria Shari said:
    June 9, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    He is truly amazing, insane, but amazing. My sons are definitely my motivation and push me farther than I would have imagined or wanted for myself.

    Liked by 1 person

      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 10, 2017 at 6:17 AM

      Oh, I agree with you when it comes to kids Victoria. I only have one daughter at the moment and she is my motivation as well. It’s amazing how having a child or children can push us forward. ❤


    Jhilmil said:
    June 10, 2017 at 2:11 AM

    OMG, he seems to be really a superman now! great accolades & his journey seems to be! So full of motivation if we will to do something!

    Liked by 1 person

      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 10, 2017 at 5:43 AM

      I know, he definitely seems to be superman. This man is amazing. I want to model his fearlessness in my life. 🙂 Thank you for the comment! ❤


    skiptomalouuu said:
    June 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    What an inspiring man! I will definitely be looking him up!

    Liked by 1 person

      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 10, 2017 at 10:22 AM

      He’s pretty inspiring. Alex Honnold just did the climb last Saturday. Definitely amazing. 🙂


    Beverly said:
    June 10, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    So true. We don’t know unless we try it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Shawna said:
    June 12, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Love. This. Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    A Gypsy's Tale by Brooke Breazeale said:
    June 12, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    I love this. I heard an interview with him and Tim Ferris. It was fascinating. Like you said, just a guy, seemingly ‘normal’, moderate tempermant, etc. And what he does on a daily basis is absolutely mindblowing. But when it comes down to it, we all have the opportunity to be just as daring, just as bold, just as ‘crazy’, regardless of how trivial it may seem to others. It is our own fears, our own ‘uncomfortable zones’ that can paralyze us, keep us stuck, complacent and ‘normal’. Our courage and commitment to always challenge ourselves, push ourselves to grow and leap when there is not net is sight…that is what makes us all miracles… but only we have the choice to make them happen in our lives…thank you for the poignant reminder!

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      Sonyo Estavillo said:
      June 13, 2017 at 4:58 PM

      Definitely and thank you for your thoughtful comment. I’m always in search to push myself towards personal fears.

      Liked by 1 person

    Live Today With Faith said:
    November 5, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    What motivates and inspires me to keep going is, when i can translate my way of thinking into words, them words will change people lives apon reading them.

    Liked by 1 person

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