It’s time to break out of a limiting mindset. You are powerful in more ways than you know.
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know my tips for finding creative solutions and my 5 simple secrets to turn your weakness into strength.
You’ve witnessed the positive changes that come with building on your successes, changing things to better your experience a little at a time. I promise if you keep at it, the changes will add up and you will find freedom you never knew was possible.
Want to know today’s juicy ideas to help break out of limiting mindsets into a life you love?
I’m guessing you’ve run into a belief that it’s difficult to find flow (the ultimate positive psychology resource), or that work “should” be hard. There are times when I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m awake and not “just” in a beautiful dream.
My first rule of thumb is to stop shoulding on yourself. Seriously. It does absolutely no good, so let it go.
Second, I invite you to challenge the status quot. Has it ever helped you bring your own unique genius into the world? Nope. So consider this food for thought from kindred spirit, Sandra of TallRedPoppy.com in her post I worked hard and you should to and other lies your parents told you.
She shares a conversation she had with a friend who is wickedly talented and creative but never had it valued by her father.
“I worked hard,” he basically told her, “and you should, too.”
Sandra writes, “I am so sorry that they never valued the incredible gift you had, and that they doubted your ability to make money with it, or even just told you you couldn’t have what you wanted.
I am so sorry they told you that you had to work hard, or implied that being yourself and sharing your gifts wouldn’t be enough of a contribution for you to make crazy money doing what you love.
Maybe they told you to be practical. They were probably afraid for you. Heck, they might have really wanted to follow some offbeat dream, too, and never had the chance — and the fact that you might be doing it could’ve really triggered them.
Okay. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I want to tell you something else:
That thing you do that’s so amazing and creative? That thing that’s easy and effortless, you could wile away the hours doing it without a care in the world? That thing that other people ooh and ah and stand in reverence of?
That thing is so valuable. It has the potential to make you tons and tons of money. But more than that, it has the capacity to change the freaking world.
And because it’s easy and fun and not the hard work your parents told you that you needed to do — that’s exactly why it’s so valuable.
We’re in the 21st century. And the 21st-century, Web 3.0 (or whatever the heck incarnation of the Web we’re currently on) way of doing business is to be in that spot, the spot that’s sweet and delicious as the precious honey guarded by the drone bees.” Read more soul nourishing deliciousness here.
Mmm, I LOVE this imagery. The spot that’s sweet and delicious as the precious honey guarded by the bees. Aim for this in your life and your gold will shine faster than you might imagine.
For an additional resource, I highly recommend Thomas Moore’s book A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born To Do
When people are asked for words to describe their jobs, the ones that typically come up are “stressful,” “difficult,” “discouraging,” and “frustrating.” In A Life at Work, he shares how to court the sacred art of soulful living, inviting it into our work.
Thomas Moore write “A life work is like a peacock’s tail: It has many facets. As you go from one job to another, you begin to see who you are and what you might do with your life. All the jobs may contribute to that realization and therefore play a significant role. Even the dead-end jobs, the ones you suffered through, the ones that seemed to go nowhere — all of them may be redeemed at some future point when it is revealed to you what you are meant to do.”
Definitely hopeful, empowering ideas you can use in your life right now.
Remember, there is GOLD inside you – trust me on this, I have a knack for seeing it.
Ready to share? Let me know what limiting mindset YOU’RE breaking out of so I can celebrate your success!
I love this, Christy. Thank you so much — not just for featuring my post but also for reminding us of the gold that’s inside us. Just what I needed to hear today 🙂