This weekend I did something very exciting, a fire walk to raise money for my children's school. But I must admit I did have a slight alteria motive. Being a hypnotherapist I often practice self-hypnosis and quite often use it to dampen pain and to reduce anxiety but I must admit I had never used it to overcome a situation like this one. So I was very curious to see if I could indeed practice what I preach and walk on 800 degree hot coals. I have to tell you, it was truly an amazing experience but quite different than I was expecting. All the potential fire walkers were led into a room for training by the amazing Cliff Mann. Cliff is a truly motivational speaker with a NLP, hypnotherapy and martial arts background. Once Cliff had explained that as long as you are walking at a reasonable pace, even though the coals are burning at around 600-1000 degrees then the contact time between your feet and the coals is so small that your feet won't burn. So no pain reduction needed, just the fear of walking on fire to tackle. Cliff used some very effective techniques to whip all the potential fire walkers into an excitable frenzy. We just couldn't wait to get on those coals. After the walk everyone was on a massive high and already talking about doing it next year, fear obliterated. So how does this relate to the fears that people experience on a daily basis. Of course some fears are useful, they help keep us alive, if we had no fear of anything we would be throwing ourselves off cliffs on a daily basis, not good. But some fears debilitates us, fear of going to work, school, heading presentations, fear of being alone, fear of failing, fear of what others think, I could go on and on. Fear is the common factor here and controlled exposure to fear with coping strategies in place can help a person overcome that fear so it no longer exists. Arron Beck(2010) Founder of Cognitive Therapy states " Exposure is the single most effective intervention for the therapeutic change across the anxiety disorders" Can you imagine that, overcoming your fear so it no longer has any hold over you!! Experiences like fire walking are great fun but everyday fears are just as hard to face. Having the belief that it is possible to overcome debilitating fear is a massive step to overcoming it.