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The Starting Point: Responsibility

I was inspired by these words from John Bataglia and thought I’d share them with you:

What was your heart’s desire at the start of this year?

Was it a gold record? A thriving business with loads of clients? A new relationship? Major role in a production? Six figure modeling contract? A new business endeavor?

How’s that going today?

Sometimes, it’s easy to lose inspiration. It’s easy to let little things throw us off track. Do we let a disparaging comment, some type of criticism, or unreached goal take us away from our purpose? Do we make it worse by making it mean unrealistic, negative things about ourselves? Other times, we can simply forget about our goals. It can be convenient to stay on the surface level, to just take care of the bare necessities in life, or to be just-good-enough to get by. In doing so, we don’t have to tax ourselves mentally or physically very much. Have you found this happening to you lately, just three weeks into the New Year?

This can cause a lot of anxiety. Because somewhere deep down inside, if we are honest, we realize that we are doing damage to ourselves emotionally. It pains us to think that we are not operating on our proper path, that we are just taking the easy road.

That’s because, inside, in places that we usually don’t go to, in places that we usually don’t like to look, we know that there is great untapped potential.

We can spend most of the minutes in each day disregarding this potential. It’s very easy to do.

The big question is: Why do we do this?

Why do we not see, recognize, and cultivate the greatness within us?

Why do we hold ourselves back?

Why do we get in our own way?

It’s probably some kind of fear that we're not facing. If we did, then we would have to be responsible for our own success. As long as we do things to get in our own way, we get to shirk this kind of responsibility. We get to make other people wrong. We get to judge and criticize.

This may give us some satisfaction in the moment, but it will always leave us unfulfilled, because mostly we're just pointing out the things that we are afraid of about ourselves.

Maybe, what we’re most afraid of is

That We Will Actually Succeed.

That we can become the person that we know in our hearts that we truly are; the gifted, freely expressed, creative genius that you are.

We know that if we embrace our values, we must then become worthy of them.

I invite you to be worthy.

I invite you to embrace your own greatness.

I invite you to take full responsibility for your own life and for your own success.

What does that look like for you?

I invite you to take out a pen and a pad. Then, scribble the question, "Why am I getting in my own way?", over and over again, as long as it takes, until the answers become clear to you.

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