My lovebug and I were lucky enough to see the Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil on Saturday (*insert Moonwalk!*).
The show was fabulous and ohhhh, was I ever in heaven with all the dancing, glitter and glow lights! But above all there was one performer who really caught my attention – a dancer with one leg.
As I watched in awe and fascination, this incredible man busted out some seriously impressive dance moves with just a set of crutches and a huge, confident grin.
And just one word came to mind:
I’ve been thinking about fear and self-limiting beliefs a lot lately since leaving the safety net of my corporate job a couple of weeks ago to pursue my passion for helping women transition to happier, healthier lives full-time. It took a lot of courage (and planning) and a huge leap of faith for me to follow my heart and say goodbye to the relative safety and security of being an employee in favour of a life of uncertainty.
I could easily have ignored the calling and stayed on the path more travelled, but after deep reflection I realised I wanted more than that. I want a life filled with love, beauty, creativity and passion. I want to feel like I’ve given my all and made a positive impact (no matter how small) on this world. To me, this is worth all the risk and hard work involved in soulpreneurship.
It reminded me of a recent lecture from my Institute for Integrative Nutrition studies. The lecturer asked us to close our eyes and imagine ourselves with powerful confidence.
Do it with me now. Close your eyes and just imagine yourself standing tall, shoulders back, heart filled to bursting with dreams and possibilities…
What would you do if you were fearless?
Would you ask to move to that other project at work – the one that actually inspires you? Would you enrol in a night study course and not be nervous about going by yourself? Ask that cute man out for lunch? Turn down (with a huge, sexy smile) that piece of cake you don’t really want? Go somewhere you’ve never been?
Take a few moments to really imagine yourself in those scenarios and really soak up how it feels. Do you feel sassy? Strong? Sexy? Independent? Playful? Liberated? Amazing?
Allowing yourself to really explore how unshakeable confidence – as it relates to your life – would make you feel is the most powerful way to inspire you forward.
Now open your eyes and just imagine how much richer your life could be if you got out of your own way. If the only thing holding you back is a lack of confidence, the only thing really holding you back is YOU, gorgeous.
You don’t have to launch right into the big, scary things (huge life changes call for serious planning), but what’s one small thing you could do this week to make you feel that way?
Will you call and book that course you’ve been wanting to do for years? Experiment with cooking an exotic vegetable or something you’ve never cooked before? Try a new sport or hobby? Strike up a new conversation (and maybe friendship) with that nice new person at work? Make the first move to mend a broken-down friendship? Take yourself on a date to see that new art exhibition that no-one else wants to go to? Share something with your family you’ve been too afraid to share until now?
Write it down, carry it with you, and cross that thing off ASAP, baby!
Look yourself in your beautiful eyes in the mirror and tell yourself you will kick butt today. You will be that confident woman you just imagined. You will do one little thing that scares you every day and by doing so, you will learn and grow; becoming stronger and even more confident.
Remember: your history – your life story – does not define you, beautiful. You are creating yourself in every moment of every day and with every little act of bravery and kindness.
Be your own cheerleader and hero. Rock your own world. Take chances. Dare to dream and to love. Your life will be so much richer for it. xx
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