Lessons Learned From Fearless Mastery

December 7, 2020 Updated: December 7, 2020

In the past six months, my team and I have been working to support a group of fearless leaders in our Fearless Mastery mastermind program.

And they’ve been breathtaking.

They’ve created personal transformation and huge accomplishments with what they’re doing in their respective missions in the world. It has been awe-inspiring to behold.

I asked them to share their biggest lesson from working together, as we open enrollment for the second round of the course, and here’s what they shared:

Joy can be found in the midst of fear: “I discovered fear was preventing me from finding joy in my life right now. I was afraid to enjoy today’s life. Discovering joy in my life today brings me sustainable energy to achieve these bigger goals.” — Erik Schneider, creator of Cubicle Monks.

Surround yourself with people committed to the work: “Who you surround yourself with matters because it defines what’s normal for you. When you’re around people who are committed to doing the work and embracing uncertainty, it feels a lot safer to do things that scare you.” — Aili Kuutan, creator of PureLightPodcast.com

See possibility and be willing to be supported: “Become clear on the possibility of the next phase of your life, cultivate a willingness to be supported and then make a series of bold asks with conviction and a tender heart.” — Suraj Shah, coach, Live With Loss

Broaden your comfort zone beyond what you believe is possible: “The edges of my comfort zone have broadened. My ideas of possibility, for myself and for the world, have expanded in a way that I don’t believe would have been possible on my own. I have come to understand, on a much deeper level, that it is possible to step into new ways of being and create profound shifts in how I experience life.” — Amanda Goddard

Transformation takes consistent work: “Long-lasting transformation comes with the deep and consistent work that we do in Fearless Mastery. The retreat was the pivotal point where the concepts and practices finally sunk in. I now know what it means to answer the question, ‘How do you want to show up for your work?’ I use my practices daily and continue to receive the great gifts of these positive changes.” — Leslie Lynch, the Caregiver Coach

Create by moving out of limiting behaviors: “I had no idea what to really expect of this program. I only knew that deep inside me, there was a voice telling me to do it and join. The mastermind showed me that there is a way out of limiting behaviors to build what we always dreamed of. This program and the incredible people helped me create the foundation to conquer bigger, more meaningful challenges in my life going forward.” — Christoph Weisbrod, founder of Roots Connect outdoor nature adventures

Recognize patterns in our responses, and let go: “The biggest lesson I learned in Fearless Mastery was to increase my ability to recognize my patterns of response to situations, look for their root cause, and let go of those that no longer serve me, in order to develop deeper relationships with others and experience life to the fullest. Along the way, I was able to accomplish a major life change that I had been unable to complete in the 3 years prior to joining the program, and establish significant relationships with others in a group where I am acknowledged, understood, and challenged. The biggest gift I have received through the Fearless Mastery program is that I found myself.” — Ann Byard, optometry business owner

Our walls are imaginary: “We build our own imaginary walls. Co-inspiration is super powerful. And my new favorite piece of perennial wisdom: ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ — Ville Salmensuu, creator of a project to buy an island in central Helsinki, for a center for mindfulness and well-being

Embody freedom: “I joined Fearless Mastery to plant the seeds that will grow a forest of change. I learned how to create powerful shifts in the world and prioritize the essential work of caring for my whole being. I dove deeper into the stories that hold me back and began to unhook them one by one. I embodied, for a moment, what it feels like to be completely free.” — Brittany Kamai, Astrophysicist

Pause and check into your heart: “My two big lessons during these six months were that I can always start something, even if it’s for 5 mins and then I have to stop again, that’s fine. I have let go of the fear of losing my flow to be able to do something for a sustained period of hours.” — Davor Tomic, film creator

We can surprise ourselves when we let go of our protection mechanisms: I’ve been training people in letting go of the things we do to protect ourselves (procrastination, complaining, hiding, etc.) and I’m constantly shocked by how much is possible once we start to let go of that. The leaders in this mastermind never stopped amazing me.” — Leo Babauta

I’m so grateful for the incredible people who dove deep into their purpose in life and created amazing things, supported each other, and shared their hearts.

Leo Babauta is the author of six books; the writer of Zen Habits, a blog with more than 2 million subscribers; and the creator of several online programs to help you master your habits. Visit ZenHabits.net