Step Outside

No one has ever flourished by sitting in Comfort Zone. If you want to grow and flourish, you need to be willing to step outside.

Take for example the story of the two seeds:

Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil.

The first seed said, "I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth's crust above me ... I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring ... I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!"

And so she grew...

The second seed said, "Hmmmm. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don't know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts ... what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe."

And so she waited...

A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.

the end. ;)

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Stop waiting for something to happen. Be brave and have the courage come outside of your comfort zone in order to face the obstacles that confront you on your path. They will only help you grow stronger. So let this story inspire you to go out and do all those things you've always wanted to do cause life is too short to waste hiding behind your fears. Now is the time to stop wishing, worrying, doubting, and agonizing, and to start doing.

Believe in yourself

A common excuse you hear about someone setting a goal is, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Why do people say that? Because they have told themselves that they can’t succeed before they even ask themselves the what, the why and the how. It reminds me of the story of the bumblebee. A few years ago, scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration developed an interest in bumblebees. The lab folks figured the insect held some secret of flight that may provide answers to questions about operation in space. They asked themselves how such small wings could produce efficient lift for such a relatively large and hairy torso. And how could a round body and flight position violating many principles of aerodynamics move so efficiently through the air? They felt there was much to be learned from the bumblebee. These scientists set about studying the bumblebee to discover its flying secrets. They hypothesized, scrutinized, examined, dissected, measured, timed, filmed, observed, compared, quantified, thought about and debated the bumblebee. After weeks of study they came to one conclusion – bumblebees are not capable of flight. But no one has told the bumblebee. Actually the thought of anything else never even crosses its mind. It just keeps on flying. The single most critical part of achieving a goal is believing in yourself and your capability to succeed. Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” The bumblebee thinks it can fly. If you are ever going to succeed in your goal, the first thing you must do is believe in yourself just as the bumblebee does. If you can do that when setting your goals, you are halfway there. And remember that strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.

Obstacles to Opportunities

"Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose."

I often use this expression in both our practice and also in my life. We usually see obstacles as something that limits, even stops us from achieving whatever it is we want for our lives. If instead we change our perception about the "obstacle" and see it as an "opportunity"  to help us grow wiser, stronger and better than who we were before we ever encountered the obstacle in the first place, we wouldn't be so resistant and quick to pass up the lesson in the first place.

Sometimes our biggest "obstacle" can become our biggest "strength". 

Take, for example, the story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.
The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.
"Sensei," the boy finally said, "Shouldn't I be learning more moves?"
"This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know," the sensei replied.
Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.
Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.
This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened.
"No," the sensei insisted, "Let him continue."
Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.

On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.
"Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?"
"You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."

You see, even obstacles have a reason for being. If they are your own, then it is up to you to recognize them and discover the circumstances behind their existence. 
When we start inquiring into what is holding us back from realizing the truth, our truth- we come to the realization that there is really nothing there. There are no obstacles. Nothing is holding us back from awakening. 

All things are possible. Who you are is limited only by who you think you are.

So today let's set our intention to turn obstacles into opportunities by stop saying I wish, and start saying I will-because the best way to predict your future is to create it.