"You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it."
- Benjamin Mee, We Bought A Zoo
There is, within each of us, the absolute ability to completely transform our lives. I know this from personal experience.
Years ago I found myself at the very bottom of a pit of despair. For years I kept saying to Allison (the co-owner of SoulKu), "This is not my life." Meaning, I didn't think this was how it was going to turn out. I hadn't foreseen a foreclosure, bankruptcy, a divorce.
One day she said to me, "It is your life. These were your choices. This is where it got you. It's your life. If you don't like it, change it."
Ironically I was co-building a jewelry brand centered around empowering women–yet empowering myself was the thing I needed to learn the most.
How do we transform our lives, when we are not living the life of our dreams?
One 20 second block of insane courage at a time. That's what I learned. There is a way out of the pit of despair, and it's built on small increments of bravery and change.
I made a commitment to myself to make a different choice everyday. Some were small–like, instead of hitting the snooze button one more time, I'm going to get up and use that extra eight minutes to set an Intention for my day. Or I'm not going to respond to every email in my inbox immediately–somethings can wait. And some were big–like, I'm going to look at my finances everyday even though it terrifies me until I fix them. Or I'm not going to allow someone to speak to me in a manner that is disrespectful. I will stand my ground.
When we're overwhelmed in the office, we often say, "How do you build a skyscraper? One brick at a time." Little by little, piece by piece, choice by choice, bravery upon bravery, act upon act and soon–everything is different.
These small choices/changes build your energy force like a wave. Your energy is no longer the same since you are making different choices. Your energy begins to modify, and at some point–a tipping point happens–and your energy shifts to a new level. And with that, you begin to attract similar energies.
Together with your internal shifts and these new energies racing to meet your new life, transformation becomes inevitable!
Ultimately, you can set an overarching Intention to feel a certain way about your life, or to have the career of your dreams, or to meet your soulmate–but without change on your part, without a little bravery and courage, you will not get there.
Now I'm not telling you to buy a zoo...but if you are not happy with the life you have, go build a new one! Set your Intentions, take daily actions, make small changes, make bigger changes, and I promise you something great will come of it!
As always we're rooting for you! You. Can. Do. This!!