When I think back on my teen years and even my early 20s I remember having a sense of ‘anything goes!’. When I moved from Chicago to San Francisco at age 22, sight unseen, having NO idea what I was doing, I packed up my car with my best friend and we were on our way – without a plan! We thought we were invincible and it would all work itself out in the end.
I think back now, many years later and laugh at our fearlessness!
I coach women who want to create change in their lives and when we start to discuss taking a leap of faith of any kind, as their excitement starts to build, it’s often tempered by some form of “practical adult wisdom” they feel they need to apply in order to keep from getting too carried away.
You can feel the energy immediately shift and soon talk of taking action starts to take on undertones of fear, insecurity and doubt.
This is not a shocker. Most of us have been programmed to think that getting too excited about anything, especially something out of our comfort zone, will likely lead to disappointment.
It is so important for all of us to be aware of our mind’s need for safety. That’s all it is. Thoughts like “I’m supposed to be more money conscious” or “I shouldn’t waste time on anything that’s not a sure thing” are merely belief systems that have been engrained in us since we were little.
That’s why letting your heart rather than your head lead is key when embarking on any kind of change in your life. Otherwise, you will discourage yourself from ever taking that first step.
Will there be potential risk involved? Of course there will, but everything in life is a risk.
Take yourself back to a time in your life when possibility was the only option. Before you were told by anyone to question your dreams.
Part of growing up is learning how to look at life from your younger self’s perspective.