When you say YES to something, remember that you are saying NO to many other things indirectly. When you chose the easy path, your default path; you are in a way saying NO to the growth path, a path of fulfillment of having it all. As social beings, we have a tendency of following what seems certain, common and accepted by majority. But, we never allow ourselves to follow that which is different, difficult and challenging without a strong created intention. What stands in our way is our awareness about what the two paths may do for us. Our grit to lean against our fears and the sense of discomfort at losing our mediocrity stands tall in our way to having it all in life. We enjoy mediocrity but we dislike challenges. But, growth happens only when we do what we fear the most. When we see majority of people living a comfortable life, we fear living a life lived by minority of people. But, this minority of people created something for us that we all cherish & get inspiration from. It is the intention of this minority of people who thought differently, believed in their instincts and acted on these without fearing consequences. That's how they created a legacy & impact worth remembering & following.
We create the energy space around us. Many a times we fear saying NO to things that don't serve us. I accept I have this tendency in me & that's my blind spot. We regret later but we don't gather the courage to drop that from our space that which is limiting to our growth. This may be moving out of our comfort zone, leaning against our fears, a limiting perspective, inaction, unproductive habits etc.
To grow in life, we need to ask ourselves few of these questions:
1. What do I want? An easy life or a growth path of fulfillment where you hold the power to create & have it all not only for yourself but for all those that you chose to inspire in your space? In case your answer is an easy life, then you can carry on without moving to the next questions.
2. What are those 80/20 thinking & actions that will serve your bigger intention & pull you out of the majority? Refer Richard Koch's book The 80/20 Principle to know more about this.
3. What do I need to drop that is holding me back from living a growth life?
A life of a zombie is what majority of us live. This unconsciousness keeps us busy and distracted from our purpose. The shift in us will happen when we decide to wake up, be aware and consciously make a choice to walk the path of growth. Are you up for it?
Leaving you with this query : How many people do you need to change the world? Research says that we just need 25% of population to affect any social change. I leave the choice to you whether you want to be a part of 25% or 75%?
Last but not the least, enjoy the following slide on some awesome thoughts by inspirational leaders that are a part of that 25% who chose the growth path & not the easy one. They have inspired me to walk my growth path. #Gratitude
Coach to People Leaders, Start-up Founders & Transitioning professionals