HOW do you become the GREATEST version of you? Fulfill your EPIC destiny? Do really BIG thangs?!
That is such a loaded question. Or shall I say questionsssssss.
But, questions that I asked myself recently. I believe that each and every person was created for a greater purpose. To really make an impact on the world in some way. Given a special gift, voice, brain, heart, body (luckies!)... you get where I'm going, yes?
There is something EPIC waiting, wait, not WAITING, but predetermined for each of us. We just have to roll up our sleeves, throw our hair in a bun (you too men, man buns are still in), and get GANGSTER on our future selves. Enough wondering, watching, waiting, and wallowing folks.
In the past 4 years I feel like I've been living in my UN-COMFORT ZONE (oh YES, that is a real place y'all).
You SEE whats happening here? I am literally sitting on the cusp of a mental breakdown! Nerves, terror, and constant self-doubt as I FORCE myself into ridiculously uncomfortable situations over... and over... and over... AHHHHHHH!
Okay I'm exaggerating.
But when I look back on the last four years, I have been driving on a little road called Uncomfort Lane. WHY would I do that to myself you ask?! BECAUSE nothing great ever came from your boring-old-comfort-zone. Its LAME. And before you know it, you're lame too (don't yell at me, I've been there!!!!!). Work, tv, bed. Work, tv, bed. BLAH! YOU ARE sooooooooooo wasting the most amazing days of your very short life! Its time to get GREAT, girls and guys!
So how do you live in your uncomfort zone? Well... bottom line? You gotta get scared to get better. You gotta push yourself harder than the rest to be the best (I rhymed! Yay!). You have to FAIL so that you can WIN. You have to do the things that TERRIFY you so that you can conquer that fear.
But what if I fail?
There are so many variations of this... What if I fail? What if I'm not good enough? What if people don't like what I'm doing? What if it's a mistake? What if, what if, what if.
STOP IT. There is one quality in GREAT world-changers that is lacking in most people. I simply call it ACTION. Why not shut your inner, whiney, weenie little self-doubting chatterbox DOWN and show em' who's boss?! Because guess what honey? YOU ARE THE BOSS.
One of the greatest things I ever did was decide to ACT. An idea sparks, I can't sleep, I write it down, expand on it, tell my husband (who may or may not be thrilled at my next GENIUS idea), and guess what I don't do???? I don't talk myself out of it. Instead, I ACT. And I act fast. The faster you ACT the less time you have to talk yourself out of it.
Without ACTION, you fall back into fear.
Fear is the enemy. Fear will hold you back from EVERYTHING. From walking up to that super hot guy (who may or may not be your soul-mate). From taking that promotion. From having another baby because...whaaaa we can't afford it. From buying that new house. From talking to someone you admire. From getting on that stage. From trying something NEW.
What is so ridiculous about this whole debacle?! FEAR IS SELF INDUCED. You are actually SCARING YOURSELF out of 'it'. Whatever 'it' happens to be.
Can you see how silly that is? YOU are literally holding YOUrself back! #WEIRDO
Uncomfort Zone = Change = Growth = A BETTER YOU
Here's the bottom line. Do the thing that scares you the most. Do it often. Do it wrong. Mess up. Fail. But just do it. Show yourself (who happens to be your biggest critic) who's boss. And you know what is the craziest thing? Before long, your inner critic starts to cheer you on. You start believing in yourself, even if its just a little bit. Then you start cheering for yourself, and I mean hard-core cheering for yourself and before long...?! You are your greatest fan.
Now what happens when you believe in yourself? When you ACT instead of hiding behind your self-induced fear? YOU GROW! And honey, when your growth game is STRONG you are unstoppable. All the sudden doors start to open, the universe starts to work in your favor, bend to your wishes, shower you with favor! And you may or may not hear angels singing, okay so maybe not that. BUT FOR REAL, the more you push yourself, the greater you become. And one thing I know for sure is that your EPIC destiny is right around the corner. Within reach. Waiting for you to shut your inner self up, get focused, get to WORK, get going, get great and start GROWING.
It's time to Channel Your Inner Superwoman ladies. Time to step up, suit up, and slay.
Just think, 5 years from now, where will your uncomfort zone take you?
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