Occasionally there is something in my life that delivers the ultimate gut punch. My mentor made a video that freaking set myself on fire, again. I am not going to lie, the past month or so, while doing what I should be doing, and I wasn’t going for it 100%. I didn’t know why, and I honestly didn’t even know I was playing small until a few days. Now I know why. Sometimes leaders are jackasses too; it happens.
My “old self” was keeping me down, and it’s evolved into being super sneaky that way. I used to be able to identify quite readily when my old-self was creeping in and taking over my confidence. It seems to have evolved into something that sneaks in for a brief period of time, then retreats, but the tiny seed of doubt is left there. This will be stopping as of right.
There are many things that are crippling, but a major one that people don’t think about is judgment. Your choices in the past are just that, in the past. They have help create who you are today, but they do not define your future success or failures. The only thing judgment provides is guilt, a poverty mindset, responsibility dodging, and possibly depression. Judgment is the lame person’s version of strategy, because it is the easier way out. If you take judgment out of your decisions and detach emotions from the outcome, you will be astonished by how much better you feel about your accomplishments and your life. The fear of judgment and failure is gone, and only rationality remain. I didn’t know how well this entry would go with my previous, but they really do complement each other quite nicely.
When trying to achieve a goal something that is helpful is strategy as to why. Notice I said why, and not how. If you know and understand the WHY, you will get to the how. For some reason, this is just how our mind seems to work. Big or small, fast or slow, strategy and why will beat how every time. The how is small ball; it is the version of yourself in a chicken coop eating grain from a metal tube. The Why is yourself as a free-range chicken eating whatever you want to in the big, open world of freedom. You choose which version to be.
I love my life, and the past two days have been inexplicably exhausting and awesome at the same time. When you accomplish something that originally felt far away and almost unattainable, the feeling is immeasurably awesome. That is how I felt yesterday. I got promoted in my business, and just a few days ago I had no idea how I was going to get it done. I just Believed and Knew I would.
Ocean is magical in the winter. Photograph taken by Alexis Krukovsky.
Something that I had been lacking before. I said I would get a big goal done, but I wouldn’t actually believe it. Now, I believe it. What a freaking difference that makes. Previously, I honestly wasn’t sure how much that mattered. Guess what? It does.
The flip side is what you need to get your goals done. I’m talking relaxing “me” time. Everyone should have goals, vision, and a plan to get it done. People also however need some time for themselves. I find, and everyone is different, if I don’t get “me” time, I lose focus. I spent the night relaxing with one of my closest friends before the start of this crazy month where we both have big goals. It was a much needed respite, and it restored some sanity to my brain.
Goals. It’s a word that people throw around all time often without much meaning behind it. What does it mean, though? I always thought it had to be some grand, epic event that I was striving to get to. And it can be, absolutely. But it doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as it matters to you. A goal is something that drives you every day towards a greater sense of self. Big or small, short or long-term.
Photograph taken by Alexis Krukovsky. Taken in Lambertville along the Tow Path during the Spring.
It could be going for a promotion, taking the perfect photograph, or doing something that is outside your comfort zone that will be a victory for only you to recognize. The point is to tie your goal into whatever you are passionate about, and make it fun because then you will actually do it.
It may sound odd or even corny. But just wait until you start planning the goal, and writing down the plan to fulfill it. It changes your entire mindset. No matter how small that shift may be, and you will start to see a change in yourself. It was mind blowing for me. Then you will start to shine brighter than you ever thought possible.
And maybe even Dream again.