I am a fan of small changes that mount up to transform a life. The 5-minute morning meditation. The nightly gratitude review. Small daily practices that shift awareness on any given day and over time wear new grooves in neural pathways. They literally reshape my thinking and my emotions.
I’ve been laying that kind of foundation for a while now. But lately I’ve gotten an itch to go big. It’s time to use what I’ve done so far as a launch pad and take a leap.
In my last post, I listed the questions that help me choose which way to jump:
Who am I? What do I want to do? What parts of myself do I want to grow?
The problem is that when I ask, I get two different answers, two different stories:
I am capable, creative, giving, growing, unstoppable.
I am weakened, fragile, vulnerable to exhaustion and environmental overload.
Both stories are true. But you know which one I want to live going forward, and which I want to pull out by the roots and throw on a bonfire.
After 5 years of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome plus 3 more years of variable health since, I’ve gotten pretty adept at dealing with limited energy on any given day. But for the rest of my life? I can’t accept that. I CAN’T. Desperation rises in my chest and I want to yell and jump up and DO SOMETHING. NOW!
That’s the kind of passion you can get from looking your questions and answers straight in the eye. The kind that makes you know you must write the story of your life, not just accept whatever unfolds.
So…if I were capable, creative, giving, growing, unstoppable, what would I do?
1. I’d formulate a plan.
2. Tell myself the story again (“capable, creative, giving, growing, unstoppable”).
3. Execute the plan.
4. Tell myself the story, and how I’m making it come true, again.
5. Execute. Story. Execute. Story.
Bit by bit, I live the story more hours every day. (Fake it till you make it is a tried and true method.) Will I eradicate chemical sensitivity and energy ebbs from my life? I can’t know until I try (again). But whatever I accomplish, my life will be Bigger than it is today.
That’s motivation, baby.
If you want to change your life, find your story–the one that makes your heart sing, the one you cannot live without. Your goals will naturally align to that focus. To stick with your goals when it would be easier to fall back into old habits, tell yourself your story to remember why what you’re doing matters. How it’s changing your life. How it’s changing you.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get started.
Grow Your Heart. Live Big!
What’s your story? What are you doing, large or small, to live the story of your Big Life?
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