Forging Our Own Path


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Recently, I had a realization that left me feeling both exhilarated yet a bit scared.I looked at the relationship I have with one of my mentors, and I realized I had outgrown it.

It was a moment of a great self-pat on the back, because I had spent years learning a tremendous amount of valuable lessons from this person.

But in that moment, I also felt very alone. It was easy to grow with this mentor as my guide - he had a path clearly laid out for me to follow, and I knew where I was headed, making strong headway towards my goals.

Now, my goals are determined by me. I should feel proud, I should feel exhilarated that I have gotten myself here. And I do most of the time. Being honest, though, I feel like I am moving forward far more slowly than I have for a long time. It’s been a weird adjustment that I really wasn’t anticipating.

Truly following my own heart, using it as my compass in life, has forced me to learn lessons I had no idea I had to learn. Things such as discipline, though difficult, is more important than I had ever realized. And that it takes discipline to trust in one’s own path and one’s own decisions. I felt like I had overcome self doubt completely in my life - now I realize that overcoming self-doubt is a continuing process - diving into deeper levels of who I am requires deeper levels of self-confidence.

And finding these deeper levels of self-confidence pushes me outside of my comfort zone on a daily basis.

The reason I bring this up on this blog is that I know I am not alone in this. I coach my clients on these kinds of issues all of the time. And if I am to lead anyone anywhere, I must also be willing to go there myself.

Today, I found some wisdom in the wonderful DailyOM. And I wanted to share it with you, as we continue to grow and push each other to greater levels of success:

“…The beauty of being lost is the same thing that makes it scary—it asks us to look within ourselves to find the way. If we have no map, we must go on instinct, relying on our inner compass to show us which way to go. This can be scary because so much seems to be riding on it. We fear we might go too far in the wrong direction, or become paralyzed and make no progress at all. And yet, this is the very challenge we need to develop our ability to trust ourselves. We are also learning to trust that the universe will support and guide us. We may believe this intellectually, but it is only through experience that it becomes knowledge of the heart. Learning to be okay with being lost and trusting that we will be guided, we begin our journey…”

No matter how uncomfortable I get, I am committed to forging ahead, no matter what. Even when it’s scary, even when it doesn’t feel good, even when I’m not sure of where the hell I am going.

Knowing how amazing most of you readers are, I’m sure you are, too. I’m honored to be sharing the journey with you. :)

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    On January 12th, 2007 at 10:50 am, Holly Schwendiman said:

    Good for you. Growth is always a little painful, but wonderful isn’t it?

    Holly’s Corner

    On January 12th, 2007 at 5:31 pm, Maribel Hernandez said:

    I really enjoyed your post, it all makes so much sense: ” Forging Our Own Path”…what a self discovery process this has become for our family buisness. In order to help me sort what is next “in forging ahead” I created a check list for myself: “Discovery Process”.

    the best to you, Maribel

    On January 16th, 2007 at 12:42 pm, Kelly King Anderson said:

    Excellent post and best wishes in your adventures ahead, sure to be an excellent year. I was reminded in reading your post that the greatest mentor of all (for me) is God, He knows me the best and I should know Him the best…so I can ask and receive.

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