Last night, I read through every blog post I’ve written since 2008. I went on a rollercoaster of emotion: I laughed, I melted at old memories, I cried, I cringed. I’ll add some of my favorite vintage posts to this site in the not-too-distant future.
Here’s a screen-capture of one such email:
Because I have grown and strengthened so much in the last 4 years, I often think of the “old me” as a confused, scared little girl. But as I looked back over these posts, I realized that I was incredibly courageous. I went for it. Time after time, scraped knee after scraped knee, I just kept getting back up and jumping into the ring.
It’s got me thinking about courage. So much so that next week, I’m going to announce a free teleclass about clarity, courage and confidence. For now, I want to give you a few gifts: lessons I’ve learned over the last 5+ years of being an entrepreneur…through scraped knees, $50K in coaching and business training, radical niche switches, leading retreats around the world, and going from broke to beyond-sustainable.
1. Acknowledge who you’ve been.
Wherever you have been has brought you to where you are. Take a moment right now and acknowledge the great gifts your “old self” has given the you of today. This appreciation will allow you to soak in more of the rightness of now, because where we are now is delivering us to tomorrow’s greatness.
2. Do something spontaneous.
I woke up this morning and decided that this afternoon, I’ll fly from San Francisco to Boston for the weekend…because it’s fun. What can you do that is delightfully spontaneous this weekend? C’mon, it’ll be awesome. Give yourself a reason to thank yourself later.
There’s something you’ve been stalling on: a launch, your website, the long-overdue breakup. Why will later be better than now? Perhaps it’s time to just start.