Anaïs Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
A symbol of renewal, transformation and new beginnings, the lotus flower is one of my favorite images. It resonates with where I am in both my personal and professional life, a place of new beginnings on all fronts. Think of the journeys you’ve gone or are going through in your life. Even when things were changing for the better – it can feel exhilarating and at the same time downright frightening!
Even during the scariest doubt-filled moments there is still great power to be gained in transformative renewal. The course to transforming your life requires courage, confidence and conviction, and the common denominator is leveraging your power within. No one can just give you courage, confidence or conviction, you have to first choose to generate that power on your own. The people around you can create an environment where you feel supported in the courageous steps you take nonetheless it’s your foot that’s stepping onto new or uncharted territory.
The big or small steps you take in transforming your life require courage. As creatures of comfort even when you’re going after something good in your life such as a new job or a new relationship, you'll often convince yourself it’s too difficult to move forward. Or you may be stuck your story of not having enough – money, education, connections – you fill in the blank… to achieve your goals. The truth is those things really don’t matter if you’re not willing to take the risk. The strength you seek is already inside you. You have to be willing harness your power from within and take that step.
Embarking on a new path or even the complete unknown also takes confidence. Think of it this way, having the courage to jump off a diving board is one thing, having the confidence and assurance to know you’ll land headfirst is something else. The confidence you need for your own transformative journey begins with building your confidence – and that you can only do with practice. You can practice building your confidence through greater self-awareness, establishing clear dreams, and using life development tools – often gained through coaching – to build your personal leadership, personality strengths, and moderate bad habits and thinking patterns. Using these tools in your daily life will give you the confidence to navigate any journey, the easiest pathway and across difficult terrains. And there will be challenges.
Throughout the challenges in particular, it’s important you maintain your conviction and faith in this whole process. Know that there are things happening and moving in your life even if you don’t see or fully understand it. This is the moment of truth, when all the work you’ve been doing in your life and on yourself is tested. You will know conviction is important when you are clear about your intent, the changes you seek and the confidence and self-awareness you’ve created in building your personal strengths - and you still feel like your life has not changed. That’s when you have to believe and trust that ultimately you will reap the reward, coming through renewed and revived.
In the Buddhist faith the lotus flower is a symbol of fortune as it grows in muddy water, an environment that gives forth the flower’s meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. This is exactly what Louts Power is all about, transforming your life or some aspect of your life into the light and experiencing the joy in breaking out of the mold or murky waters. Even in reading this blog and sharing your experience you are evolving your life right now.
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