extreme kayaking

Our Hidden Strength

The term "ole" (usually sung at soccer games and bullfights) was originated centuries ago in Northern Africa during tribal dance gatherings.  Once in a while a dancer would move in such an incredible way that the spectators would chant "Allah Allah".  They believed that in that moment, God entered the dancer's body, giving them the power to go beyond human capabilities.  When the Moors invaded Spain they took this custom with them but the pronunciation changed from Allah to ole.  

When striving for greatness, we sometimes tap into a hidden energy and gain the ability to rise above ourselves.  Whether you believe it's caused by God or by an inner strength, it's a state of being that we need to cultivate. 

Photograph by © Mike Leeds

Photograph by © Lucas Gilman // Kayaker: Rafa Ortiz

Photograph by © Lucas Gilman


We can't wait to reach the top of the mountain, but the happiness and growth happens during the climb.  Look at the top of the peak on the right.  

Photo by Will Wissman

As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.

- Emmanuel Teney

Photo by Jaider Lozano // www.6feetandperfect-gallery.com

A woman says in this trailer "Before you jump off the cliff you've got a million things racing through your mind, once you jump... nothing." I've noticed fear is like that, you're afraid before the action, not during. If you're feeling anxious about taking a leap, just know that all the anxiety fades away once you step off the edge. 

European Outdoor Film Tour (E.O.F.T.) - Official Trailer 12/13 from Vincent Urban on Vimeo.

People want certainty that they won’t get hurt, that they'll be successful or that the risk will be worth the reward. The desire for certainty scares us into living unfulfilled lives, never taking the leap we know we need to take. Although we fear the unknown; we need it for progress, success and self-discovery. Embrace uncertainty. 

Photo by Lucas Gilman // Athlete: Jesse Coombs // Location: Mesa Falls, ID, USA

Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.

- Machiavelli

Photo by Tom Servais // www.6feetandperfect-gallery.com

The clear road ahead - It’s easy, it’s popular, it’s comforting, it’s safe, it’s unfulfilling, it’s monotony, it’s defeat, it’s not you. Get off the next exit. 


Take on a challenge that you always thought was beyond your capability.  Pursue an idea despite not knowing if people will respond positively.  Dive into a relationship even if you've been hurt.  Embrace vulnerability and reveal yourself without holding back. 

Exposing who we are (good and bad) takes lots of courage.  The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart.  It's originally meaning was “To connect by revealing all of your heart.”   For more on this watch Brene Brown's Ted talk.  

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Photo by ©Clark Little

Photo by ©Mike Leeds

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