While I was reading the newspaper this morning, I came across an article in supplement section Shine weekly of Hindustan Times. Grab a copy to read it.
Heard about The Flying Wallendas?
Wallenda Factor refers to the fear of falling or failing. Well actually, this term is more often used for Karl Wallenda who fell to his death in 1978 while traversing a 75 foot high wire stretched over 37 meters hung between two towers in Puerto Rico. The Wallenda family is famous for carrying out death-defying stunts without a safety net.
They say, Karl Wallenda died because of the speed of wind that exceeded 48 kilometers per hour. However, his wife gave a different reason. Fear. She stated that Karl had personally supervised the installation of the tightrope, something which he had never done before. Three months prior to this, he had feared falling. And this was the reason why he fell.
Remember, I had written a post sometime back about The Law of Attraction. Though I had despised the fact and that is my personal view but for those who entirely believe in it, I think this example of Karl Wallenda is quite apt. If I have to explain it in very simple words then, Wallenda feared a fall and hence he attracted that thought towards him. Therefore he was destined to fall.
The same thing happens with us. When we think about our fears day in and day out, we are actually attracting that thought towards us. Eventually, that thought becomes a part of our system and hence becomes our fate.
When an individual gets fame and power, he fears that he will lose it one day. And it happens with everything that you own. As you grow, you develop a fear of losing what you already have. So you tend to become manipulative towards it. You take calculative steps because, somewhere deep inside, you have a fear that if you take one wrong step, you will lose everything. When Karl Wallenda had nothing to lose, he gave his best shots. He belived in himself. He knew that he was good. He knew that he would achieve the unachievable. However, when we gained recognition, he feared losing it. He was now scared of something which he never was. Falling.
This fear of the unknown, sometimes, can be fatal. Just like it was in the case of Wallenda.