Ready for a big leap? 3 steps to get you movin!
I was talking with a client the other day about feeling like she’d outgrown the skin she’d been living in.
It was as if her new self was dying to emerge but the old self kept trying to rein her back in, with repeating old ways of reacting to the people around her, feeling less than and not using her voice to speak up for herself!
She was sooooo ready to graduate from that.
And the metaphor that came up was a pot.
The pot is your creative expression, your true essence, the breeding ground for you to bloom and be the person you came here to be.
To give you an example, in my kitchen, I have a little basil plant.
I’ve been pretty lazy about moving it to a real pot, so it’s been sitting in that little plastic container it came in from Trader Joes.
I water it.
I talk to it when I remember to.
I do all the things you’re supposed to do with plants.
But it’s getting rather big for its pot.
It reminds me every week of this fact but I haven’t done it yet.
It’s died nearly ten times but it’s hung in there, as if to say, “Diana, can’t you see I need to move outta here?!”
I’m transferring it to its bigger pot today. And I know it will be happy.
It’s the same thing with a certain area or areas in your life.
Why we hold ourselves back:
We know we’ve graduated or outgrown a certain way of be-ing but the future seems uncertain. New soil seems scary.
We know the old soil.
Even if it’s moldy, crusty and dries up two seconds after you water it.
And what the heck are we going to do with all that extra space?!
Better to stay put where you know what’s expected of you.
You know what to expect.
But it’s getting uncomfortable in that little pot.
You’re a bit restless.
And you look across at the bigger pot in your mind and it seems so far away, even though it’s not.
What it takes: 3 steps
Whether it’s a relationship that’s gone stale and past repair, a job you hate that you’re just in because it pays you well, or a way of thinking that is just well….not something you’re proud to BE anymore, the first step is to
:: give yourself permission to want out.
You’d be surprised how much we can hem and haw, dancing around growth and making changes because it’s easier to do that than actually say that you want something different.
How dare you? Your subconscious may shout! It’s okay. Just ignore that voice. It just wants to protect you but it’s not helping your cause.
:: identify what’s on the other side of the pot.
What does a bigger pot or version of yourself or your life area look like? What would you be doing? Who would you be doing it with? What do you feel like in that new pot? You may even bust out the paintbrush or journal and start giving it some life. To make significant changes like skipping into a different pot, you’ve got to give your subconscious something positive to latch onto!
:: take a baby step today
What’s one thing you could do to move you closer to the bigger pot? Maybe it’s to try on speaking up for yourself instead of being quiet the next time you feel a boundary has been crossed. Even if you feel like you’re going to die or hurt someone’s feelings. Maybe it’s to pick up the phone and apologize. Or write that email you’ve been putting off. Change comes with action.
Is being in a bigger pot scary?
It can be.
But it can also be super exciting because the sooner you step into who you really are, the less likely you are to give in to fears that stop you in your tracks.
The more people will respect you because you respect yourself.
And the better you’ll feel about yourself because nothing says confidence like hoppin out of the small pot.
You’ve got this Goddess!
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