As a child we have moments when we “know” we are going to have the world all figured out when we get older (like 18 or so), we will find our place in it, and we will know all we need to know. Then we get older…
Reality is a much bigger story and filled with so much more uncertainty.
Reality is where we live when we are attempting to be our true and authentic selves while also having an impact and influence on the world around us. It is also where our challenges, joys, and adventures exist.
In my current 10-month program for women in transition, I have been watching the most amazing women make major changes in their lives, in ways they never imagined before they began only a few months ago. Starting a national program for practitioners (But I’m not a leader – is her initial response.) as she prepares to support all those in her industry. There are others as well with their stories which I may share later.
When so many of us look at our strengths so often we see more lacking. We see our limitations and become aware of all those things that didn’t go as planned. Frequently though, if we are willing to see it, relooking at those things that didn’t work out, from this perspective, can allow us to see what a gift that was to us. It left room for something so much greater. Did we take that “so much greater” thing becomes the question, or did we stay focused on the loss?
In business and in life, we are continuously being called to grow, search, and evolve.
Just as with a rose, there is a continuous call to flourish and blossom. Do we is the question, or do we avoid risk?
At a meeting today I was called to develop a project I have avoided each time it was presented. I was then called to participate and provide my perspective on items when it is so easy to let the “stronger experts” with more experience share while I listen. Made sense until I realized that I was an expert in just this topic, through two of my businesses.
We all have limitations. The question is how many of those we see are real and how many of them are a figment of our imagination? When you are asked to do something that you have not done before, do you pull back or jump at the challenge? When you are offered an opportunity to grow you or your business, is your first response “I would if I could but…” or do you feel fear, take a deep breath and then explore your approach?
No success comes without risk. No dreams get actualized without confronting that part of you that hasn’t gone for it already. Once you let the barriers go, the vision gets clear, and the old dream is now a reality in the making. The women in my Women in Transition Group show me that again and again.