#29 Voluntary Amputation

“The mind is the machine that controls everything in your world. How you respond to any event and how you navigate the obstacles standing in your way is all dependent on your ability to direct your mind—instead of it directing you.”
Akshay Nanavanti, Fearvana

"Hey brother

Hope all is well in your world. I am in India and just finished cutting off my finger a couple of days ago. It was one hell of a battle just getting the doctor to agree to cut it off...."

That is the first message I read this morning from my buddy Akshay.

See, Akshay has (had) a perfectly functional finger and had it amputated. I'm still on the fence about whether he's just mildly lost his mind or he's gone entirely off the deep end.

What I am sure of is that HE is clear on why he felt it was necessary to chop off a perfectly functional finger; because he has a mission and that finger is one of the biggest liabilities to completing that mission.

From a sentimental point of view, is it the last great Polar journey that can be made, the most striking of all journeys...and the last great adventure in the history of South Polar exploration"

Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1922

I would explain myself, but Akshay was at our last event and kindly let Joe Polish and Dr. Cheri Ong interview him to figure out what in the world is going on in this guys mind:

It's an incredible journey he is attempting.

The experts are convinced it's not possible.

And while I don't see a scenario where I would willing to get a PERFECTLY FUNCTIONAL FINGER chopped off to trek across the ice I do support anyone doing something extraordinary that they are called to do.

Watch the video above, there are some very powerful mindset and performance insights baked into the sheer absurdity of it all.

Akshay has been through a lot and has much to share:

Have you ever been so clear on your calling that you'd start chopping off body parts to give yourself the highest probability of answering that call?

I'm not convinced that Akshey is the most sane of us all, but I am leaving room to consider that maybe, just maybe, he is.