Tuesday, February 05 2019
Have you ever felt like this little fella? Uncommitted? Half-in, half-out? Trying to make yourself comfortable while hanging out of the “in between?”
You’re not alone. Many have been in that space of indecision while trying to figure out the next move.
Maybe like Puxatony Phil, the famed Groundhog predictor of early spring or six more weeks of winter, you may have crawled completely out of your den of familiarity only to be scared back again by the shadow of the unknown. There is much that beckons you to discover more about yourself and who you are meant to be in this world.
It’s Life’s job to challenge you to play bigger and stretch you to do things you haven’t done before. You’re being called to expand and grow as you learn and evolve. As you have probably realized, this can bring up the shadow of self-doubt, fears, and a variety of disempowering self-talk.
What if I don’t have what it takes to see this through?
What might others say about me if I put myself out there?
What if I fail or what if I succeed and can’t keep up?
These and other worries can cause a quick retreat back into an artificial sense of security – the world of the familiar. (It may not be great, but it’s what I know!) So, how can you move out of that burrow you’ve come to know but no longer love?
The Power of the Question. It has been said that the quality of the questions you ask determines the quality of the answers you receive. Consciously set aside some time for quiet reflection and begin asking yourself some questions about your course of action, your decision.
Why is this opportunity a great next step for me at this time?
What are the benefits from taking this plan of action?
What actions can I make towards this goal that make me feel safe and confident?
Journal your questions and answers. LISTEN – not only to your answers but to your body when you ask the questions. Your body will never lie to you, so tune in and notice how you feel. Your gut instinct knows. Do you feel expansive or contractive? Does your gut tickle with the excitement of butterflies or clench in discomfort? Does your heart pound faster with anxiety or open with a feeling of passion for something you know you’re being called to do?
So…what happens if you get scared by the opportunity and retreat back to the “safety” of chances to draw you to those dreams. There is no need to wallow in regret and the fear of missed opportunity.
You carry the Power of Decision within you at all times. Claim that power and use it, realizing you already know the answers to the questions you seek. Commit to action, crawl out of the familiar, and move towards a new level of success!