In our culture and society today, failure’s got a bad rap. We’re quick to praise success, progress and achievement, while failure gets quickly shoved under the rug. I get it: No one likes failure because it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t look good. We just want to forget about it as soon as it happens, and move past it as quickly as possible. When we fail we feel uncomfortable, ashamed, embarrassed, and discouraged.
At the beginning of the year I see so many people setting amazing goals and intentions for themselves as they dive into the year ahead. It’s a really exciting time, full of hope, possibility and positive change. I see people ready to shed layers of the old, and step fully into the new. With that said however, I notice a few things in myself and others at this time that concerns me.
Have you set your goals yet for 2017? If you’re anything like me, you’re SO FREAKING READY for the new year, with all of the exciting plans, potential and opportunities. BUT WAIT! Don’t rush forward too quickly and miss out on all of the wisdom and learning you’ve received this past year! WHY, you ask?
Tired of dealing with the same problems of fear, anxiety, lack of confidence, self-esteem, or depression? We all struggle with these to some degree, and unfortunately we have a tendency to over-label and identify ourselves as such by saying, “I’m just not confident.” “I am depressed.” “I have anxiety.”
How many times have you caught yourself saying “I don’t know”? Here’s the truth: “I don’t know” is just an excuse that keeps you stuck and living small. You and I both know that you’re so much better than that. Here are 5 ways to combat “I don’t know”, so you can take action in accordance with your values and move forward with confidence. These will help you access the personal power and inner wisdom you already have inside, and learn how to make the right decision for yourself every time.
Regardless of the life season we are in, there always seems to be a problem. The Problem I’m talking about is one of the greatest struggles we face as humans. It manifests itself and shows up in ALL different kinds of ways. It creates drama in our minds and in our lives like nothing else.
What do you really want? I’ve asked myself this question a lot lately, and had a lot of fun listening to others answer it for themselves. We’re quick to say what we want. But to what we REALLY want, we need to stop and think. There’s an undercurrent we must tap into to truly answer this question. I’ve gotten a lot of responses from myself and others, and I’ve discovered that there is a simple, underlying and often unspoken, theme to them all.
I used to think that being broken was a bad thing. That to break, look imperfect or fractured, meant that I was failing, less-than or lacking. I actually believed at one point that there was something fundamentally wrong with me.
I've spent a lot of time worrying the last few months. I worried about money, jobs, food, my body, what we were doing next, if what we were doing right now was “right”... Basically, worrying way too much! I’d constantly check our bank account, think about what to do next with work, and obsess over how I was going to make all that I wanted actually happen. It felt frustrating, uninspiring, scary, meaningless, and hopeless. Not at all how I wanted to live my life or encourage others to live!
I’ll be honest, the last few months living in Sydney have been hard for me. I felt homesick, confused, stressed, tired and scared. I’d lay in bed at night unable to sleep. “What are we doing? I had forgotten. We set out on an adventure for 3-6 months, and over a year later we are living and working on the other side of the world?