Walk on fire. Surely that is impossible.
What if we looked beyond the predetermined notions of what is and is not possible?
This mindset is exactly what the executives of Enel Green Power challenged themselves to as the sun set and the fires roared on Friday night.
Having no idea of the feats they were about to put themselves through, these 17 participants walked outside to see hundreds of logs burning on a sandy terrain in between the corner of the hotel and some palm trees.
Standing a few feet away from the flaming walkway, beads of sweat dripped from the executives foreheads. Caused by the flames or perhaps some jittery nerves, one thing was certain, it was heating up.
As excited as the team was by the proposition of walking on fire, doubts surfaced when it came time to walk.
“You’re supposed to walk on that?”
“Has anyone burned themselves?”
“What’s the trick?”
Yes you walk on it, ironically only our CEO has burned himself, and the trick lies completely within you.
It takes certain conviction. When it comes time to take that first step into the ambers of the fire it is because you have committed in that moment to that step. And with the commitment of the first step comes the necessity of a second. And a third, and a fourth, and before you realize you are on the other side of 10 yards of burning ambers.
So what is all this about? Walking across some flames for a badge of glory, a feat of excitement, or a killer new profile picture on Facebook?
Not entirely. A fire walk calls for the recognition of certain strengths and a commitment to call on them to breakthrough to a new level of personal potential.
Whether it is a commitment take on the uncertain launch of a platform for a new product integration or committing to being a better spouse, the symbolism behind that first step into the fire is profound.
It is the realization of a new possibility and the ability to make it happen all rolled up into the distance it takes to convert a first down. That is if you replaced the sweet smell of freshly cut grass with burning wood and ambers.
For this team of fire walkers of Enel Green Power, their walk is behind them. And what lies in front of them is the commitment to their conviction. For the ripple effects of forward steps are the ones that can and will shift the trajectory of results.