Fighting Fire And Fear

With UPW London coming up in 2 months we would like to share about an incredible woman with an inspirational story- Turia Pitt.

Turia Pitt is an Australian mining engineer, humanitarian, athlete, motivational list, and an author.In 2011, while running an ultra-marathon race in Western Australia, Turia Pitt was caught in a grass fire and suffered catastrophic burns to 65% of her body.

Turia Pitt recalls the tragedy as simply “the fire” – the horrifying day that divided her life into “before” and “after”. Much as she’d like to put it behind her, it’s an intrinsic part of who she is. Telling her story, she says, is like watching a horror movie. It gets less scary every time you see it.

How Tony Robbins helped Turia Pitt fight her fear?

Turia spoke about facing fears and one challenge that really tested her. That was being encouraged to fire walk on burning hot coals at Tony Robbins UPW event.

Turia recalls her unbelievable journey at the Unleash The Power Within event-

“For the first time in a long time I was completely overwhelmed by fear,” she said.

“So I got out of my seat and headed for the nearest exit. But there was one of Tony’s people guarding the door who said “Tony knows who you are. Tony wants you to fire walk”.

Turia thought about it and decided to face her fear. “If you are really scared of something there is a part of you that knows it is probably going to be really good for you”.

In her mind she thought that maybe with each step she took on the burning hot coals she would be walking further away from her biggest tragedy and closer towards her biggest triumph. But standing on the edge of the hot coals every single fibre of her was screaming at her to run in the opposite direction.

“But I still found it in me to take the first step. And was I elated. But here is the thing with hot coals. You can’t just take one step. It is a little bit like life. One step is great. It gets you going. But we have to keep being able to walk forward. I really think our success in life is all about how we respond to our challenges. Do we curl up from stuff or do we step up? Do we shy away from stuff that terrifies us or do we take that one step closer.”

Then she had this moment of pure clarity.” What better way to face my fears – then to walk through a bed of burning coals?”

She recalled saying this to herself before doing the firewalk “If I do this. If I confront my biggest fear – I’ll know for certain, I’ll know that I can do anything with every fibre of my being. In fact, it will be the biggest gift I’ve ever gotten because it will show me just how far I’ve come on my journey.”

So she did it. She fire walked at Tony Robbins UPW event. And now she knows, that she truly can do anything.

Turia said if there is one message she wanted people to take away from her experience with Tony Robbins UPW event, it would be “to challenge yourself, test yourself and see what it is that you are made of. I really think we are all capable of greatness if we brave enough to take that first step.”

Challenge yourself, test your limits and be the change you wish to see by attending the life changing UPW event by Tony Robbins!


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