As I am preparing for the coming seminar, I inadvertently reflect back on my learnings since enrolling on this program. I remember my first arrow breaking experience, the first request for me to go sell a book at a shopping mall to strangers, my first experience of being stretched from my comfort zone to beyond the learning zone to the outrageous zone…..
I remember vividly the fear of anticipating pain, failure and embarrassment followed by the joy and relief of success and wild cheering of team mates when I determined to pull through and complete what I have started. That has translated into going out of my normal comfort zone in my daily personal and professional life.
It even surprised me that I was able to do that which I never thought I could accomplish. And it is no co incidence that I came across this quote yesterday, “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” That’s Henry Ford’s powerful discovery. If only we will give ourselves the chance to prove ourselves before we think it is too out of reach.
Really, we are amazing people with great potential, we will never know how much we can accomplish until we allow ourselves the opportunity to go to the limits. I invite you to look back at your life and cherish your successes; are you not surprised at how far you have come, how you have managed to overcome all the challenges that life has offered you?
Sis’ words came to mind, she asked a powerful question which got me thinking “What is so difficult? It’s not as though you have not been through challenges before. Face it and go for it!”
Powerful question and powerful request, and it brought home a point. If I could overcome obstacles before, what excuse do I have that I can’t use the same principles and go a step further today? Yes, there are times when we are weary, disillusioned and disappointed at the “realities” of life, there are times when we think that we cannot go one step further and life will continue to test us only to grow us to be bigger persons. We need to cling onto the trust in ourselves, we have a big resevoir of potential and creativity within that we can tap into, we can do it!
I wonder what lessons I will learn this coming seminar. And I eagerly look forward to catching up with people who have grown with me through the months as we break self limiting thoughts and fears and learn many precious lessons.
“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you’re right” says Henry Ford. So what’s it going to be?