When you strip away all the layers of what’s not you, what is left?
That might be a really scary proposition. In fact, even thinking about it for me is a little daunting. It takes me back …
In 2003 I participated in a life-enhancing and transforming weekend of training, coaching, and getting real. Any experience a person has that promotes thinking and transforming and getting real will undoubtedly attract attention, and that attention will come from wherever the person giving it is at that moment.
If the attention is positive and supportive, it’s because the person who is giving it is seeing from that perspective. But if the attention is negative and judgmental, the same is probably true.
So this weekend of coaching I experienced was exactly what I needed when I needed it. And it helped me strip away some of those layers. I realized that I had become really good at faking my life because I was so afraid to not be accepted. Back in 2003 I didn’t even realize that I’d been doing this most of my life. When I realized what had been holding me back, I was able to break through some of those limiting beliefs I didn’t even know were there.
It was in 2003 when I joined a friend in his consulting business and got a taste of entrepreneurial life. After 2 years with him and that organization, I was ready to launch my own company in 2005.
Looking back today, I was pretty bold in those first couple of years. I took risks and made things happen. I was bold. I was courageous. I was maybe a bit naive, but that allowed me to do things others might have thought were impossible.
Any time we have an opportunity to make a big decision, there will be opposing forces ready to jump on us. When we shine light on things we are willing to do, sometimes that shines light on what others aren’t willing to do, and they feel the need to pull us down in order to feel better about themselves.
What keeps you from taking those strides toward your dream? Has fear taken hold of you? Have you found yourself beaten down or not supported by others? Maybe you just haven’t found your tribe. Mastermind groups and tribes are there to support you because they understand that a rising tide raises all ships.
If you listen to those naysayers around you, you will get to be right about how “they” didn’t support you. But you’ll still be where you were and you will be resentful. Yes, you’ll be right, but will you be happy?
Muster up your courage and do those things that are gnawing at you or forever wish you had.