Anne Lamott is one of my favourite writers, and this is just one great quote from her (curated by the ever wonderful Brain Pickings):
Have you ever felt this way? Stopped yourself from doing something wonderful because you were afraid you’d look stupid or too fat, or too inexperienced, or too busy taking care of someone else?
Last week’s practice was about learning to receive, which is a critical element of letting go of people pleasing and always putting others first. But there is also an element of courage required to create the life we want.
Reckless, thrilling courage.
The kind that makes you look behind to see if anyone is watching before you hold your breath and jump. Sometimes it’s a literal jump, like Maggie’s story.
But most often it’s simply the willingness to be seen, to be heard, to step up and stake our claim. To say to the world “I want this”. And that can be scary when we have a belief system that we’re not good enough or we don’t have the right to what we want.
Here are some questions for this week’s practice to help you surface the things that hold you back from finding your courage to jump, adapted from The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks:
Find a quiet moment when you can do some journalling in a safe, uninterrupted space. Fill in the blanks on the following statements (if any don’t ring true for you, that’s ok, you can skip them but see what comes up for you):
- I cannot expand to my full potential because…
- I cannot enjoy abundant love and relationship harmony because…
- I cannot expand to my full wealth potential because…
What did those statements surface for you?
Was one stronger than the others?
Did any not ring true?
Where do these beliefs show up in your life now?
As always, I’d love to hear your stories. Please comment below or share on Facebook where you’ve overcome a limiting belief to make something wonderful in your life.