i’ve been thinking a lot about change lately. no matter how successful you are, how much you’ve achieved, how many things you have, as human beings, we’re all riddled with self-doubt. we watch, we compare, we follow others…and consequently we wonder…what am I doing? is it worth it? is there something more around the corner?
what pushes us over the edge? from doubt to determination. to stepping away from safety. to running toward risk. so much to lose. so much to gain. vacillation. inspiration.
with change comes confusion. we whip out the pros and cons, weigh the benefits. for our most personal decisions, we often look solely within. we hole up. we retrench. we’re strong. independent. stoic soliders marching toward an uncertain fate. we linger, doubt, debate. we analyze and paralyze…and often fall back on the familiar.
but if we’re lucky, we also discover an amazing gift. those who know us best can see it clearly. while we question, they believe. while we’re confused, they are confident. while we want to run, they stand firm. while we want to hide, they hold us up.
who carries you? who was there from the beginning? who will be there at the end? who believes in you as much—or more—than you believe in yourself? a spouse. a sibling. a parent. a mentor. a friend. just as we look to others to compare, don’t forget to share.
soul-searching means not only listening to the voices in your head and acting on the emotions in your gut…but also leaning on others to help you through. there's safety in numbers. security in knowing someone's got your back.
sure, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. we are the change that we seek.” it’s up to us to shape our destiny. and when a door opens, a few may simply plow through without hesitation. but for most, perhaps, a little more is needed. sometimes it’s a little nudge. sometimes it’s a lightening bolt. always it’s a catalyst for carrying you a step—or maybe even a leap—forward.