I thought I would end the week on a high note and with a call for self-forgiveness as a vehicle for refocusing on generating the life and work you desire.
You are amazing.
I know this! If you and I enjoyed a chat over foaming lattes, I am sure that your greatness would shine bright and I would find your hopes and dreams inspiring. Everyone I meet possesses clear and special talents.* I love to discover the source of a person’s passions and am fascinated by our diverse natures.
Every night on the TV, we see people at their best, but more often, they are at their worst (crime shows, reality TV, droning cable news).
If everyone has the potential for amazingness, what’s going on?
I think that stress and the dizzying circumstances of our lives can push us off course.
Especially. Right. Now.
2020 has been one of those years when many of us are being challenged in new and uncomfortable ways. But we still have dreams and vision and goals, too.
We know this is not how things ought to be. We know that we have something greater and more compelling to offer the world. Even so, we might get farther off course with each mismatched turn.
You are amazing even if you're off course today.
You have the potential to contribute to others and live a wonderful and fulfilling life. You can get back on track. You can flap your butterfly wings fast and furious, manifesting joy and wonder along the way. You can ooze exuberance and become flexibly strong, like a tall Sequoia tree swaying in the wind. An awesome force of nature.
What’s your goal? Do you need an adjustment? Is there a new temporary goal that you should consider?
You can start right now. Define – Answer – Act – Use that energy to repeat.
- What can I do in the next 12 hours to get unstuck? (Do one big or five tiny things then rejoice.)
- Which is more powerful – physical or mental barriers? (Hint: it’s likely mental – obliterate the barriers by taking on a new perspective.)
- What two things can I do for the next five days to get back on track?
Isn’t it more complex than this? Yes, of course it is, but if you act like it isn’t – guess what? It will become simpler.
We all get off course sometimes and that does not make us any less amazing.
And if you're not ready to get back to it, then you should rest. Reflect on a temporary way forward that you can get excited about and, when you're ready, start flapping.
* I know some of you are thinking that this is not true. Not everyone is amazing. There are evil and thoughtless and manipulative people in this world. Sure, OK. But I choose to default to the belief that everyone I meet is amazing until and unless they prove otherwise.