Reprogram Your Brain and Overcome Fear – Inspiration from Olympia LePoint

Sep 17th, 2015

Olympia LePoint is an award-winning rocket scientist and TV personality who educates as a part-time math professor. She gave an inspirational Tedx Talk on Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear that is in complete alignment with our philosophy at Fire Power Seminars and reinforces why we offer fear-inducing empowerment activities.

Through the Tedx Talk, Olympia sets out three key steps to overcome fear and reprogram your brain:

#1 Name and reject your fear – Fear is a real emotion and by acknowledging our fears, we can face them honestly and gain the courage to reject them.

#2 Reprogram your brain with different thoughts – Naming and rejecting your fear is just the beginning. Reprogramming the brain with different thoughts, thoughts of positive reinforcement and awareness that you can succeed, begins building the platform to rebuilding your brain.

#3 Take action in direct opposition to your fear – As Olympia points out, if you want to lose weight, you must do more than say it; you must take action. By taking action that is in direct opposition to your fears, your body begins the process of rebuilding the neurons and neurotransmitters in your brain. This is what transforms fear into positive lasting change.

All of these points make sense. If we cannot speak our fears, they continue to impact and stunt us emotionally and physically, leading to depression and further lack of activity. Thoughts are power – our bodies actually react physically to feelings of fear. Infographic – Your Brain on Fear:


Achieving success, even small moments of success, energizes the brain to continue seeking more success and thinking thoughts of success – reprogramming your brain with different thoughts. From one of our participants in a Fire Walk Seminar:

“Loved it! I actually took notes to share with my friends and family. I used to say I was scared of everything, but NEVER will I say that again. Thanks!” ~ Melodie Smith, Florence, AL

With Fire Power Seminars Empowerment activities, such as board breaking, arrow breaking and fire walks, we follow a very similar step-by-step, supported process. In the board-breaking experience, participants write their fears on the boards with the intention (and action!) of breaking through those fears. We cannot overcome fears that are not acknowledged. Participants are encouraged and guided through the process of overcoming fear to complete the challenges presented. During the challenges, they are naturally thinking different thoughts and using action in direct opposition to their fear to rebuild the positive neurotransmitters in their brains – the neurotransmitters that say, “YES, I CAN!”.

“Really made me realize how much FEAR controls me and my thoughts and even my relationships with others. WOW! Amazing, exciting empowering! Bring it on baby!!!!!” ~ Joey Feinberg, Bay Harbor, FL

Maybe we won’t all become rocket scientists like Olympia, but we CAN overcome our fears and reprogram our brains to fulfill our dreams!

Contact Fire Power Seminars today to discuss ways that we can help your team achieve success!

Karen Pfeffer
Karen is passionate about sharing powerful programs on communication, empowerment, team building and transformation. With a father from Kansas and a mother from Puerto Rico, Karen has a unique cultural mix that has inspired her to challenge stereotypes and “push the envelope” at every opportunity. She co-founded Fire Power Seminars with Connie Phelan in 2006 to empower individuals, organizations, and companies to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

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