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It’s not uncommon to hear multi-talented, big vision women declaring their dreams of making a difference only to turn around and ask the question – ‘am I deluding myself?’
They have caught glimpses of the palace, only to dart right back into the servant’s quarters.
They have seen what might be possible, if only for a moment, only to let realism win.
They have been seized with inspiration for a mission that they know only they are able to carry out, only to talk themselves around to a more secure and more soul sapping option.
Quite often the voice that talks them around doesn’t even belong to them.
It’s the voice of their realistic father, mother, brother or friend.
It belongs to their ancestral line of grandmothers and great grandmothers who didn’t think it was possible for women to do what they are now dreaming of doing.
It belongs to their societal, cultural and familial norms that have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
It talks them out of their deep bone wisdom and into something more safe, more mainstream and more befitting of their current station. It talks them into a life of quiet regret and desperation. It stops them from taking risks that might change things for others who are equally restless with their visions trapped inside them.
Yet be warned!
A life of regret is one that was lived according to everyone else’s wishes and expectations.
A life well lived is one where you have made a choice to put yourself in charge.
Choosing life means choosing to live independently of those outside influences and in accordance with your deepest heart-felt truth. What feels right for you will not always feel comfortable but it will bring more life through you. When you’re living in alignment with what’s true for you, you can stand in tadasana (mountain pose) and find your authentic voice in any situation. When you’re living out of alignment with what’s true for you, you’ll find there are parts of you that want to quietly hide away, wither, not be seen and not fully show up.
The question to ask when the voices pipe up and say ‘Are you kidding yourself mad-woman?’ is ‘who does this belong to?’ Who is anyone else to tell you what you are here to do, brave lady? In a world full of unhealthy paradigms and covert inequality, it may even be that you’re the only sane one in the room sometimes! Have you ever considered the fact that you are a leader because you are daring to think differently, be different, show up on your own terms and do things your way? That means you might be the first in your town – to offer yoga-dance, to open a healing arts studio, to write that book about revolutionary practices for women but that’s exactly what is needed to move the needle and make changes that are desperately needed in a world that needs you and your ideas more than ever.
Sending you all the courage you need to start inhabiting the palace and living your mission statement loved one.
p.s. if you’d like support to express your mission statement
out loud to someone who understands how important it is,
why don’t you book a complimentary coaching chat here?
I love bearing witness to big audacious mission statements!
Who knows, it may even lead to us coaching together
when places become available in March 2015.
Just over a week to go…I can’t wait to share this with you!
If you’ve been yearning to make a difference and you love teaching yoga and children, then why not combine your loves for a whole new extraordinary career?
My cherished friend and a divine light in my community, Karen Wightman of Creative Yogi’s, has been teaching yoga at our local schools for many years now. She’s putting everything she knows together to offer a uniquely hands-on level one training in children’s yoga teaching. This is one of the best trainings you could possibly ask for, delivered by an experienced and amazing lady. The places have been filling up quickly as Karen is offering limited places to make sure everyone receives the attention they need.