When did you start settling for less than you wanted? Do you remember?
Settling… for most of us happens very very gradually. We can’t place it. We can’t mark the calendar with the exact day it all changed–March 17, 1994; note to self: I gave up on myself and started settling for less and less.
For most of us, it’s an insidious sprawl of lethargy or busyness (same coin, different side), constant reactivity, lost dreams, apathy, sarcasm, complacency. You know the list! And it spreads…
At first a very little bit but eventually into a very large swamp of apathy and muted life.
It actually takes a lot of energy to tamp down the brilliance in ourselves that naturally and inherently wants to shine out into the world.
For some of us it takes some pretty major food, shopping and Netflix addictions. For others of us it takes many glasses of wine and all kinds of other creative manner of thing to keep that core energy of ours under lock and key.
You’ve got an exuberant inner toddler who would love nothing more than to show up right smack dab in the middle of your heart and announce “ta da, here I am.”
That kind of energy is infectious and it’s a breeding ground for some serious happiness–at work, at play, in relationships….
It actually takes a load of energy to keep that core exuberance tamped down. Unfortunately most of us have gotten so good at it that we don’t even realize we’re doing it.
So I have a question for you today…
What would your life be like if you let even a 10th of that energy and light back out?
What if anything was possible, what kind of life would you create? I’m not asking you this question in passing. I’m deadly serious.
Get a sheet of paper.
Close the door.
Turn off the phone and spend a little time with yourself here.
What do you really want?
Asking yourself that question and then really listening for the answer(s) is a really powerful step. In fact that’s the kind of awareness that gets things rolling. 🙂
So, what are you wanting these days? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear.