23rd September 2014
We like to kid ourselves sometimes that we can’t do action X because of reason Y…
‘I can’t go for the promotion because I’ve never done that job before’
‘I can’t learn a new language because I don’t have the time’
‘I can’t get into a relationship because I don’t like the dating scene’
‘I can’t do action X because of reason Y’
Now ‘reason Y’ may be very convincing (or it may not) but we need to be careful that we’re not just a tiny-weeny little bit glad it exists.
Are we hiding behind that reason, because we’re afraid of taking action? Does the reason give us a get-out-of-jail free card when it comes to pushing ourselves, challenging our status quo and achieving something new?
The ‘reasons not to’ are all rubbish.
Here’s a little secret… the ‘reasons not to’ are all rubbish. Complete fabrications. Illusions and falsehoods, one and all. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from going for that promotion, learning a new language and finding a new relationship. All it takes is a bit of juggling, a little re-prioritisation and most importantly, the will to make it happen.
The Scariest Part…
But maybe the realisation that there’s nothing stopping you is the scariest part of all. In the book ‘A Return to Love’ by Marianne Williamson, the author wrote (in a quote widely mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela):
‘…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.’
If you accept that there is nothing stopping you, then you have to accept responsibility for the progress – or lack of progress – in your life. Most people are not ready for that responsibility. It means hard work. It means tough conversations. It means leaving your comfort zone. It means – at it’s most basic level – change.
But until you accept that responsibility, and take up the challenge, your life can never really change.
Here’s another secret… you ARE capable of doing what you want to do, if only you accepted responsibility for doing it.
The ‘There is Absolutely Nothing Stopping You – Scar Huh?’ inspirational artwork design is available to buy as a framed print, mounted print or screensaver here. It makes a great gift, especially for yourself.