Think about a hobby/habit that you have worked at bringing into your life.

Maybe it's a recent commitment to running daily, or a long held desire and effort to eat healthy and fuel your body right. Or, perhaps it's nothing health-related, but rather a new instrument that you're learning to play.

Now, think back to a time when someone noticed your commitment to this new habit and had the boldness to recognize you as an 'expert' of that habit.

Stranger: Wow! You must be a runner? Nice person at your office: I am so impressed by your eating habits. I wish I was as disciplined as you. New person you're meeting at a bar: You sound like you're a yogi, very cool! [Insert your experience here]

How did you feel? What did you say?

Listen carefully to the voices in your head as you are seen for who you are and the hard work that you have been putting in. Maybe you find yourself surprised, caught off guard, or...if you're like me, maybe you find yourself quickly responding with a flustered excuse ("well, I mean.. I try, but I wouldn't say I am any good").

Why are we so timid to stand in a bold and beautiful description of who we are?

We work so hard and pour our heart into learning, changing, and growing. We put in time and make sacrifices to improve. And yet, just when the world takes notice of our efforts, we shrink.

The minute someone labels us as the person we were aspiring to be, the embarrassed voice in our head (the ego) shows up to belittle our efforts.

The ego is jealous, insecure, and afraid. It works tirelessly to avoid feeling vulnerable. It tries to keep us safe by encouraging us to play small. So in the very moment that you are seen for your efforts, your ego is sensing vulnerability and growth.

It speaks up to 'protect' you....or at least that's what it THINKS it is doing. But in truth, it is holding you back and causing you doubt. It is pushing you to feel like a fraud; not good enough to be deserving of such a title.

The next time someone recognizes the person you are working to become, pause to acknowledge the ego. But then remember all of the hours you put in and the things you have sacrificed to adopt your new habit. Rather than make excuses or discredit your hard work, take a breathe and say thank you. Take ownership of the incredible human that you are and thank the person seeing you for you. Send gratitude for their belief in your efforts and desire.

Stand in your greatness and appreciate their bold tenacity to see you as you are.

Because the truth is - if you won't take ownership and pride in who you are and what you've accomplished then no one else will.

The opportunity to celebrate your awesomeness is yours and yours alone. You may not be exactly where you want to be yet, but you are further than you were yesterday. And that is nothing short of absolutely awesome.

So yes, you are a ... [insert that bold and scary title here]!

We dare you to be bold and leave a comment telling us who you are!

With love <3

#Blog #selflove #goals #healthyliving #ego #perspective #growth #confidence

Do you know what you want? What your wildest goal and desire might be? Put it out into the world and watch how the world will begin to move and mix to bring things to life.

Now, I am not suggesting that the world will just magically produce every wish you’ve ever had. And it definitely won’t happen over night just because you said “I will…(insert wildest goal here)” Truth is, it takes much more work on your end. But I can promise it is worth it.

Find your deepest desire. Announce what you TRULY want and make a plan. By setting goals and starting your own actions of movement, you will send energy out into the world. With commitment and a plan of motion, there is an energy of consequence, commitment, and truth. And is that energy that will come back to you as opportunities; “gifts” from the world.

Dig deep and name your desire. The world will partner with you in possibilities.

But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money–booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

-W.H. Murray

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We were raised to be humble, to be gracious and kind, and to never ever boast about how wonderful we are. And so, we shrink ourselves. We play small in everything we do, for fear of upsetting those around us, worried that we might offend if we play big. By playing small though, we reinforce these lessons to all of those around us. We tell the young women in our life that they too should live to a fraction of their worth. And we tell our best friends, our sisters, and ourselves that our biggest, most beautiful, most vibrant versions of ourselves shouldn't be seen.

That thought process ends here. From here on out, let it go. Playing small is serving no one - not you, not those around you, and not anyone who has ever witnessed your greatness. Let it out - play big and take up the space you are so deserving of. You were put on this earth with beautiful and unique gifts - and you, only you, have the ability to share those with the world. So who are you to play big? Who are you NOT to play big? Step into yourself and shine bright - in doing so, you will elevate everyone around you.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

- Marianne Williamson

#kindness #leadership #positivevibes #vulnerability #opportunity #mindfulness

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