Life is not about maintaining the status quo. Life is not about playing it safe every second. Life is not about standing still and wallowing in self-doubt. It’s about connecting with your soul, respecting your integrity, and telling yourself that you’re able. It’s about taking a few steps, regardless of how hard and small they may be, so you can move forward and evolve. You must make a firm decision that you’re going to move forward. It won’t always happen naturally or automatically. Sometimes you will have to rise up and say, “I don’t care how hard this is. I don’t care how disappointed I am. I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” "When you feel like giving up" Marc and Angel Hack Life
These tips and reminders really resonated with me from this post on giving up – as many of theirs do with me.
In this particular context – my travel plans for 2015-16, they apply. I have realised this is definitely not playing it safe! And yet, I am OK with that (unlike some family members, friends and business colleagues even). I have wallowed in self-doubt for too long, and now it my time to make that firm decision to move forward and become who I want to become to move my business forward in particular. But I do like ‘growing’ and learning!
Life is hard – compared to some, mine not so much but it is all relative isn’t it? Something I do share with clients when they continue to ‘put themselves down’ or berate themselves for ‘being silly’ with issues that ‘aren’t really important’. But they are important to them if not the rest of society (although we are all, not matter what, a part of that and so have an influence…); they are no silly because they feel it and it needs resolving; and to be you is a huge responsibility for yourself – to be who you respect, like and love, and believe are worth the efforts of development. Because it is development. Although not all things that help us grow as a person are difficult or hard-going, some are small and seemingly insignificant at the time but they are more powerful than we expect from them! Those are, in particular, “moments”.
We know when we experience a “moment” in life – it’s power to influence and change us, to make us stop suddenly and realise, a moment of clarity about ourselves and/or life, people, existence.
I do love ‘moments’ in my life! These are what I believe Maslow called ‘peak experiences’ – those short lived experiences that are profound, moving, insightful and life-changing (even if we don’t see those future changes there and then, we do look back and recognise the moment of recognition).
I wish you many more moments in your life, and hope most are good ones! The bad ones point us in a new, potentially better, direction. One moment of decision changes our life forever, and changes our path and direction for now …enjoy the experiences!