Do you know how to get to the next level? No, I am not talking about an online or video game. I mean if you are striving to reach another level in your business or in life…. Can you guess what it is?
If you said “tell yourself the truth“, you are right! The funny thing is, most people don’t take the first step. Why? Because it is hard. But the truth is the only thing which will empower you to breakthrough to your highest potential. Whether the truth is about a bad habit, or the truth about a relationship, or the truth about your circumstances, acknowledging it is freeing.
The next step after facing the truth takes Courage.
I want you to think about the last time you said the phrase
I hate to admit, but _________________________.
We have all said it at some point. Perhaps you are okay in your career or business, but there is a nagging feeling it is time for a change. Been there, done that! Maybe a relationship looks great from the outside, but you know something isn’t quite right. Or maybe someone has pointed out a problem with your child, and you are defensive because you did your best to teach them, but if you’re honest, you’ve noticed the same problem.
The reality is this little a phrase allows you to notice the smallest grain of truth just might be surrounded by many positives. It is time to embrace the truth. It is a chance to address what needs to be addressed. It is the chance to be open enough to ask for help, find a creative solution, and let go of perfectionism in favor of true happiness. Remember it is progress NOT perfection we are aiming for.
In order for us to move to the next level, we have to be willing to face the challenges before us instead of ignoring them. We need to step out of our comfort zone so we can stretch and grow. In the process, we will develop courage and wisdom which will take you to a new a new level.
So what is the grain of truth holding you back in an area where you want to thrive and grow?
For me, it is the lack of confidence combined with the brain fog which keeps me from stepping out of my comfort zone. For me, the sentence would be:
I hate to admit it, but I still play the comparison game.
UGH! An ugly truth but I am so ready to take the step to change it. So, how did you complete the sentence? Once, you have stated the truth, have the courage to ask yourself these questions:
- What next step could you take to address this challenge?
- How can you be the bravest version of yourself today in your creative work and life?
For me, it is to stop doing what everyone else is doing and do what works for me.
Maybe for you, it’s showing up to your laptop, sitting down, doing work, and sticking with it even when it feels scary and tough.
Maybe for you, it’s saying no to distracting things which keep you from building the impactful, fulfilling, and sustainable life you’re yearning for.
Maybe for you, it’s finally getting started on a new project, podcast, book, or product but you’ve been too afraid to pursue. For me it is putting myself out there with videos.
Maybe for you, it’s replying to an email, returning a phone call, or saying yes to a coffee date which may lead to an exciting new opportunity.
Maybe for you, it’s reaching out to a friend, coach, or mentor, asking them for help, giving yourself permission to not walk this journey alone anymore.
Fear! It isn’t going to disappear overnight. Fear will always be part of the journey. The challenge (one of the biggest for me) isn’t to become fearless. The challenge is to live taking action towards our goals even when fear is along for the ride. It is stomping on those inner gremlins letting them know who is boss.
I challenge you to join me, in asking yourself every morning how you can be the bravest version of yourself today? And when the “day” seems to overwhelming and fear, and self-doubt, creep in ask yourself – how can you be the bravest version of yourself in this moment? What small courageous step can you take in the direction of the work and life you are longing for?
Share your “statement” with us. I would love to celebrate and encourage you along the way!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!