So far we have learned that there is a huge difference between living from the past and learning from the past. Living from it is what many do because, let’s face it, it is hard to get past that Ego or Doubting Thomas when we are looking for change. Do you recognize the sounds and feelings of fear when change approaches? The heart pounds, breath gets shorter, beads of sweat start forming on the brow, all with the sound of that little voice inside that warns against it: “You know what happened last time. You fell and people laughed. It was humiliating. You certainly don’t want to go through that again. Stay here. It may not be comfortable, but it is what you know.”
Remember our discussion of fear? Ego hates change and so it sends the past to haunt your thoughts. When we can realize that, the size of our “But” shrinks and we make room for change. We start avoiding the beast!
Change is change. It necessarily means your approach to things has to be different than it has in the past. A big part of this is changing your beast’s story. By that I mean developing a new story. That’s where the lists of what you like, what people like about you and what you are good at come in. Once you can realize all of the things that you can do besides the same old rut activities that have kept you where you are, you can start taking steps (large or small) towards something for which you have a passion.
Let’s start with my story of you. No, I don’t know you, I may never have met you or seen the past you have been living with. But I know you. You are smart and capable. You are unique with a perspective of things that no one else has! You see, hear, feel, taste and smell things in a way that no one else could possibly imagine. And talk about creative! You life has been a journey off looking for more: more answers to those questions that fill you, a greater awareness of who you are and what drives you. You have a voice that people wait to hear. You have an idea that will change the way things are done, and for the better. You bring much more to this world that you realize!
So, let’s get started with changing the story of you. The past is the past. Stop living from it. The future is yours for the making. The only limitation is what you place on it in the here and now. And the now is where you start for that is all there really is; the now.
Here’s to change and knowing our truth!