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Think Less. Leap More: A Lesson From Costa Rica

This is me, taking a 12 foot plunge into a waterfall pool in a forest in Costa Rica.  Easily one of the greatest moments of my life.

Now, before you watch the video, I have to confess, I didn’t fearlessly climb up there and jump.

I actually watched my boyfriend and two friends go first, then stood on the ledge for about 7 minutes over-thinking it, paralyzed with fear.  More accurately, I was completely paralyzed by the anticipation of how scary it might be, possibly hurting myself, and knowing that if I didn’t do it I’d totally regret it. (Not to mention the implications for how I behave in my life.  How you do anything is how you do everything, right? Maybe…)

I cried a bit, climbed down and jumped off a lower ledge first, THEN finally went back up and did it. That’s what you’re seeing in the vid.  That’s why we’re all so excited. Press play to watch:

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It wasn’t graceful and yes, I totally held my nose like a little kid…but I did it!!! And that’s what matters.

About 30 minutes earlier I was watching my boyfriend and buddy Mike jump in like it was no big deal.  I was laying at the top of the waterfall with my friend Kate, letting the water run beneath us.  It felt like a cleanse of all the things I’ve been shedding over the last few months.  Calm, relaxing, renewing.

I felt super nervous just watching the boys jump, scared for them.  When they asked if I was next, I said “No way, Jose!”…but I knew I was going to do it before the day was over.

Lately I’ve been shifting from hustling, pushing, and living in my masculine energy, to more feminine, heart-centered living.  I’m putting 100% trust in my intuition and consciously taking a moment to consult it before I take action, instead of barreling through life, driven by goals and achievements, dealing with the consequences as I go.

In fact, this is the very approach Shape Magazine quoted me for in their Top 30 Motivators for 2013 list!! (Another monumental moment in my life which I will blog about soon, too.) Click here to check it out.

As I stood on that ledge, I realized the difference between listening to my intuition and over-thinking.  My intuition told me I’d be safe and taken care of before I even got up there.  The excessive thoughts paralyzed me and drew out the anticipation (which is usually far worse than the actual fear itself).

When I hit the cool, clean water, I let go of my nose, and also let go of any doubts I had about any fears holding me back ever again.  That’s not to say I won’t have any fears, but I know and trust myself now in a way I never did before.

So what’s the lesson from Costa Rica? 

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Think Less. Leap More: A Lesson From Costa Rica
  • Leah

    OMG Liz this is AMAZING! I actually went to Costa Rica a year or so ago and had a similar moment. My hubby and I were hanging out with a local tico on a beach who told us there were some waterfalls closeby. We walked for what felt like hours up roads and dirt paths and through bushes and all sorts of stuff. I was starting to panic (“I don’t know the area! What if we’re lost! What if he’s trying to kidnap and kill us!”), and then, out of the blue, we saw this beautiful 20 foot waterfall falling right into a bright blue lagoon. He led us to a viney-rope type thing where we could swing out into the lagoon. Again, I started to panic (“What if I hit my head and die?!”). I swung out into the cool pool of water and had this immediate sense of “THIS IS WHAT LIVING IS ALL ABOUT!” You can’t feel that pure bliss and freedom and adrenaline without some doubt and even a hint of fear.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and bringing this all to life for me again. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Your life is a true reflection of heart-centered living!!

    • Liz DiAlto

      Ahhh!!! Love that you did this and shared it, Leah. Thank you! I’m so glad we caught this on video so I can relive it over and over…it IS a really empowering moment 🙂

  • Jessica Taylor

    Awesome Liz!!

    • Liz DiAlto

      thank you, Jessica!

  • Robyn

    That is AWESOME!!! (I totally would’ve held my nose too, btw) haha! 🙂

    • Liz DiAlto

      Ya, I figured I”ve taken enough ocean water in the nose this week learning to surf…ha!

  • Anne Melnyk

    Way to go Liz! It’s amazing how overcoming the fear surrounding a physical challenge can open you up to living fearlessly in other ways too. About 5 years ago I went on an epic ocean kayaking trip to the Queen Charlotte Islands (northern BC, near Alaska). I was sick with anxiety before we left, worrying that I wasn’t in good enough shape for a trip of this magnitude, and on the third day of the 10 day trip, I was tested, challenged and found myself wanting following a 25 kilometer paddle against a north wind and driving rain. I was ready to call for a rescue!

    The next day I rested, re-grouped and made the choice not to fall victim to my negative self talk and self imposed limitations. That simple shift in belief, allowed me to paddle 34 kilometers the following day. Before the trip, my previous max had been 20km in a day. I can tell you that after that, I felt positively unstoppable!

    • Liz DiAlto

      No way, Anne! That’s so scary. I was the farthest out in the ocean today not in a boat that I’ve ever been (first time on a jet ski)…I was only the passenger, my bf was driving, and I was still super nervous. It was really choppy…we finally came to a small beach, got off and relaxed in the water a bit and went for a walk. Right as we were getting back on the jet skis we saw some kyakers (sp?) and these huge whales! I was so impressed that the kyakers were just heading straight for the whales, I would have been FREAKING out…way to freaking go!! And I agree 100%…the physical fears make others seem like a walk in the park 🙂

  • Julie Stubblefield

    WOW, Liz! How awesome!
    A big leap I’ve taken? Starting my own business.
    Something holding me back? Overanalyzing, overthinking….AKA leaping less. 🙂

    • Liz DiAlto

      stupid extroverted feelers…we don’t even just overthink, we experience the emotion of EVERY freaking thought, too. At least when we do go for it, we knock it out of the park..whoo hoo!

  • Khadijeh

    Dear Liz! Very exciting experience. It was really amazing and awesome! Excretion of adrenaline, androphine and estiodine hormones replace negative energy with the positives! As a woman I proud of you.

    • Liz DiAlto

      thanks, K!!

  • Melissa Khodai-Burkheimer

    This was so inspiring!! Good for you for going for it. (If it makes you feel better, I don’t go under water without plugging my nose either.)

    I can so relate when it comes to doing videos. I went through that exact same thing, but about posting my first video. Even though I burnt that stuff, the overly critical voice took over until I literally told her to shut up.

    Thanks so much for being an inspiration. xo Mel

    • Liz DiAlto

      Yess!!! I am glad you made the connection between my leap and yours. Can’t wait to see how your vids develop this year 🙂

  • Dahlia Taylor

    WOW, what a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing.

    • Liz DiAlto

      Thanks, Dahlia. After I posted it and saw all the other Costa Rica waterfall jump videos on YouTube (way more daring than mine) I had a moment of feeling a little silly. Happy you enjoyed it!