Courage: My recipe for success

Olive Press columnist Martina Willis, owner of Malaga’s The Source Of Wellbeing spa, reflects on her own journey of discovery

LAST UPDATED: 15 Oct, 2015 @ 21:21
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WHILE I am writing this article I am 12,000 metres up in the sky …. watching the clouds race by and reflecting on the past 10 months, since I started The Source Of Wellbeing.

martina-willisLooking at it from a distance, I am amazed about myself.

It took me a lot of courage to quit my well-paid job and walk into the unknown. Operating in the fog day to day, not knowing what was coming next, the phrase ‘courage is not the absence of fear’ took on a whole new meaning.

I had to face my fears, feel them, lean into the most uncomfortable feeling of all: not knowing what was around the corner.

I had to tell myself all the things I tell my clients, walk the path I preach, take my heart into my hands and trust that all would be well as long as I stayed true to who I am.

For many, looking in from the outside, they see grace accompany me. But grace has its price. It is not just handed on a silver plate. It requires hard work.

It involves reckoning with your own emotions, the past, the present and the future; looking at your behaviour patterns (if they hinder you from moving forward, change them); grieving for all the things that could have been, the losses and heartbreaks along the way… Integrate those lessons learned to live a wholehearted life.

Foremost, I learned quick fixes. Denying emotions doesn’t work, at least not in the long run. Because they will get you one day, and then you hit the floor hard. And getting up again becomes so much more difficult.

Today I am thankful for my past. Even those moments where I thought, I cannot go one more step. I know now, deep inside my heart, that I am a very strong person, and no matter what life throws at me, I can handle it. But even more important, I can pass on my lessons to others, assisting them to rise strong again.

When you are willing to face yourself, your fears, hopes and dreams, you can be or do anything you set your mind and heart to. You become your own Source Of Wellbeing and the world is your oyster.



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