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Faith – The Final Frontier. Monday March 23, 2015

If you're going to take a leap of faith, you need to leap boldly. It may be argued that climbing has been transformed by bold people like Sébastien Foucan who is famous for Parkour and Free Running. These disciplines combine as much momentum as possible to get from A to B as efficiently as they can. This may mean seeming to 'run' up a cliff-face.

The difference from traditional climbing is stark. Safe climbing demands keeping one foot and one hand in position at any time. You scale whatever challenge you're facing in a lizard-like movement. Not so with free running. With Parkour and Free Running the momentum and the jumps are key parts of getting you to the summit. Mindset, according to Daniel Ilabaca, another star of the discipline, is also vital. If you think you'll fall, you're more likely to fall.

It seems then that this revolution in climbing to the summit requires a leap or two of faith. Faith is a sure and certain expectation to do with the future and the unseen. Like free running, I think it is a tough discipline. It requires a revolutionary kind of commitment – a commitment to propelling oneself towards a future that is just that little bit out of reach.

Fear, on the other hand (and foot) is a sure and certain understanding to do with the present and the seen. It helps us cling safely to where we are. And that's its purpose – keeping us safe. I'm not down on fear – fear is good when it serves a survival purpose. It keeps us safely in the comfort zone.

But creating an extraordinary future requires change, momentum, a positive mindset and faith. It requires courage and daring, and, dare I say it, a little bit of craziness?

If we keep on doing what we've always been doing, we will continue to get what we've always been getting. If you and I want something different, something more, something better, we need to do something different. Is it time for a leap of faith?

If it is, you'll need to fuel your faith. Those who engage in Parkour and Free Running do a lot of practice. Developing faith takes practice too. Faith comes from hearing words and stories of those who have successfully dared to cross a new frontier. If you surround yourself with naysayers – your faith will dissipate. If you surround yourself with accounts of the bold and courageous, you will find your courage and faith rising.

OK, I'm off to play some Van Halen! Might as well...

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Anonymous Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 6:27am

Exactly what I needed to be reminded of today.
I'm ready for the leap. I have to hold onto the faith. Great things await, and I'm ready to go find them.

Anonymous Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 6:34am

Very helpful and well put! It answers my question exactly on why I always feel better if I dare. I particularly like " if you keep on doing what we've always been doing...." Etc. thanks, Lex!

DawnC.Ritchie Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 7:43am

What a great inspirational blog. Thanks Lex! Fear imobilises us and halts the very life in us that we should be embracing. I'm very much uplifted today.
Have a gr8 day too :D

Julia Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 8:42am

Such a great blog Lex. I like the idea of leaping boldly, being courageous about the future. I try to live life to the full even though there are many days (most!) when all I want to do is stay safe and not venture out. But on those days I tell myself, it's not about me, it's about life, others and getting out there, forgetting about myself. Those who practice Parkour can't be worrying about their safety after all! Excellent Lex.

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 10:21am

Go find them, Anonymous! And please share what happens. I used to think 'hope' was a wishy-washy word. Now I understand its power as the twin of faith, so I say, with faith, I hope for the best for you!

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 10:22am

Isn't "Dare" a fabulous word... I dare you! I dare you! I dare you... do something daring today. And if you learn from it, that adds an "L" and makes it "DarLing"!!!!!

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 10:23am

lol... I can't spell today, can I... if you're laughing, job done!

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 10:24am

"Wunderbar!" All the uplift you ever need to separate you from the fear that imobilises! Have a gr8 one tutu!

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 10:26am

Hi Julia, the really fascinating thing is that those who engage in Parkour and Free Running still fall. It's not a safe sport at all. However, they weigh up the balance between risk and reward. Some days are just Duvet-Days and we need to cocoon ourselves safely away, but today is not a Duvet-Day! Today is a Daring-Day! Leap with all the elegance and grace of a Hind... I'm right behind you!

Charlie Bransden Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 1:08pm

Stunning wordsmith, stimulating blog - excellent.

Julia Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 2:10pm

I was thinking this Lex ,that it's a dangerous sport or pastime but in reality you don't hear about many fatal accidents with those who Parkour/ Free Run. Unlike skiing for instance. I know there was one in Tunbridge Wells recently and there have been one or two I heard about in France. It looks terribly dangerous and I'm not sure I like watching it. Today is a daring day for me so am glad you are right there behind me.

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 2:42pm

Well, Charlie, you've made my day with your words of encouragement! Thank you!

Laura Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 4:03pm

Julia, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Reading these words: "'s not about me, it's about life, others and getting out there, forgetting about myself" hit me in the heart. Thank you!

Laura Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 4:12pm

Lex, what a great post! And very well written, too :) I have been lacking faith the last several months, so I need to read encouraging pieces such as this. Fear can be either a great motivator, or it can stop you in your tracks. My Fear has practically paralyzed me lately. Thanks for sharing your hope with us; I will keep Faith in my heart today. Oh, and Van Halen rocks!! :)

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 4:49pm

Hi Laura, actually I loved the way you phrased your bit of feedback to Julia, "hit me in the heart" - that's great language. Yes, fear is a paralyzing agent although I'm beginning to see a useful distinction between genuinely useful 'fear' and never-helpful 'anxiety'. Fear can save us - protecting us. I'm finding anxiety a total waste of faith - because that's what it seems to be, a form of belief in the worst! I bet you're amazing and just need that little prod to make a leap of faith. [After all, you like Van Halen!]
Here's a poem for you from Guillaume Apollinaire
“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, We will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”

Di Murphey Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 6:50pm

Dearest EnterTrainer Lex ~
I adore the poem you sent by Apollinaire. Another I find to be a form of freedom for my heart:
"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul;
And sings the songs without the words, and never stops at all."
~ E. Dickinson
More, please, dear one.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 7:25pm

Hi Lex, a tough day today (for many reasons~) and I was struggling even to read your post - until I got to the last line.... I'm going to Youtube to see if I can find it now. I like a bit of Van Halen (and that David Lee Roth...)

Anonymous Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 @ 11:10pm

Sorry to hear you are having a tough day today Mary; hope tomorrow is better ... Frankie

Anonymous Tue, Mar 24th 2015 @ 5:19am

Thank you!

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