Empowerment begins with the recognition that feeling is not the same as thinking. People often confuse the two. (I feel ________ so I must be __________). Feelings are internally driven and subjective. When feelings lead you to believe the worst in yourself, you hinder your ability to growth. Feelings are like a floating river, what you feel at any given moment is temporary and, thus, accessible to change. The present does not have to sabotage the future or define your true potential. Know that life is always changing and so are you. Learning to give yourself permission to just “be” empowers you to become.
RIDING THE WINGS OF CHANGE July 21, 2011
There must first be a CURIOSITY. A desire to learn something new, to look beyond the surface.
We must let go of our FEARS. Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are natural reactions. Not only is understanding the “fear” critical, but we must also learn to recover from it in order to move forward.
Make CHANGE an asset. A certain amount of stress can be a motivator. Identify positive stress (eustress) versus negative stress (distress). Get EXCITED about asking the questions rather than knowing the answers.
Don’t go it ALONE. Finding external support systems enables you to see things from someone else’s perspective that you might miss and build camraderie with others who can be compassionate.
A BRIDGE between the past and present. We cannot abandon our “old selves” but can take that foundation and build upon it. Loving our whole self with all it’s imperfections is critical to navigating our present and future paths.