Glinda, the Good Witch of the South.
Our thoughts and beliefs can either restrict us or send us on our path to success. Henry Ford once said "whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
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Brene found a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, (U.S President) which is about the man in the arena. In short, if you are on the pitch playing the game, taking part then great. You're living life and aiming high. Sure there will be wins and there will losses, highs and lows. What is important is that you had the courage to get out there and try. Never listen to the hecklers in the audience. They are not in the game. Your only equals are the other competitors on the pitch with you. Those taking part and taking the knocks.
So what does that mean for us "normal joe soaps." It means do not get involved in gossip, do not let anyone put you down who has no clue how to be in the same arena. Think of yourself as a gladiator. Only mix with other gladiators. Life is full of hecklers. I used to love the Muppet Show especially Statler and Waldorf, the two old men in box who would shout, sneer and jeer those on stage. Sure it was comedy gold, but in real life, it is pure toxic behaviour.
IN YOUR OWN SHOES
Brene teaches that the wilderness means having the courage to walk alone, in your own shoes, to take the risks and reap the rewards. Being authentic. Knowing or at least trying to find your true passion, purpose and living it. Sure you might get the jitters, second guess yourself, you are human after all. Growth comes outside of our comfort zone. Are you willing to walk in your own shoes and find your own power? Stand out from the crowd and be your true self?
It takes courage of course, even the simplest thing can require bravery. For some it might mean wearing that brightly coloured dress you have hanging in the back of your wardrobe, you loved it until someone rudely remarked on it. Upset, you never wore it again. It could be anything, big or small. Have you been wishing you could quit your job, set up a business, leave a relationship or get back out dating? Are you brave enough? What is stopping you?
When we are brave we have to acknowledge our vulnerability too. So when the hecklers jeer your change, notice something different about you, will you let it go over your head and know that it is their issue. Or will you take their criticism onboard and clip your wings back further for someone else?
Who do you want to be? The person in the arena, the galient gladiator facing their fears, challenging themselves and occasionally getting it wrong? Or the critic sitting on the sidelines, watching life from the safety of the spectators stand, throwing heckles, jeers, sneers and rotten tomatoes!??
I used to live under the radar! I used to try and "fit in" with the crowd. Live up to society's expectations. The more I did however the more miserable I became. The crowd didn't have the same values as me, the same beliefs or ambitions. I didn't want their life choices. I knew deep down that I was settling for someone else's life.
What did I do to break the spell and find my wings?
I got brave and went to a Personal Development Coach.
Through my sessions I ditched my limiting beliefs, found my own shoes and off I went. Soaring! For me I wanted to work on my relationships with others. To become a better version of myself for myself. I stopped focusing on what others thought of me and I got real. Very real in fact about what I wanted and how I could achieve it. I did it and I know I can help you too.
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About the Author:
Sinéad Kennedy is a Personal Development and Relationship Coach based in Dundrum, South County Dublin. She works with people from all walks of life, especially those looking to improve their relationships. Recently featured on Virgin Media Ones Elaine show Sinead prides herself in having changed her own outlook on life for the better. Since investing in her own Personal Development work her life has improved no end.
She loves to travel solo, write and take photos! Follow her on Instagram here.
A keen runner and cyclist, she is a proud member of Orwell Wheelers. Sinead has pushed herslef in numerous cycling challenges including The Alto de Letras, The Maratona dles Dolomites, Les Cingles du Mont Ventoux & La Marmotte Sportive. Sinéad has also completed three Dublin City Marathons, numerous Adventure Races and Half Marathons.