We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I’m starting something new on the blog. Well actually something old but with a new and improved purpose. I want you to start your week on an elevated note. I want you to be able to rely on me for inspiration and motivation through whatever you may confront. So, I am going to start writing a weekly post each Sunday that is meant to help you overcome obstacles and reach for your potential. This will be a shorter post and will accompany the usual article you receive in your inbox. It will be a chance for me to provide more variation in my writing, and might include songs, quotes, or other general suggestions to get your week started off right. “Rise and Grind” will be you roll call each week to check your head and do your part to stay mentally and emotionally strong. You’re going to have challenges, you might as well rise up to them?
So, here is this weeks Rise and Grind lesson
I used to think that being myself was a risk. Being truly open and vulnerable could only lead to rejection, right? What a sad deception we tell ourselves. As Brené Brown shares in her TedTalk, not matter how afraid of rejection we may be, it is our duty, “to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee.” I started to notice this fear was preventing me from writing my best content, and after three year of writing this blog I have gotten tired of holding back. Not holding back is the only way we can offer our fullest potential and best self to the world. We must be open to all facets of our human experience. So what about you? Do you have a tendency to wear masks? Do you believe that it is risky to be your true self? How can it be risky to be who you truly are?! The real risk is in wearing the mask! When we wear a mask we risk hiding our gifts from the world. We risk living a small life. We do the world a disservice when we are afraid to express our passions.
In the dim background of our mind, we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start. -William James
It is time to connect with your authentic self. How will you know? Your authentic self will feel congruent and whole. Your authentic self will be full of inspiration and joy. Stop cheating yourself and others by holding back. Take off the mask. There is nothing to fear. There is only possibility and opportunity.