You’re the only you you’ve got.
Does that statement sound affirming? Or is it distressing?
Each of us is the sum total of our experiences. They have the exponential potential to shape us and fuel our growth—or our fear. Engaging in experiences is a choice. That engagement offers up a relationship between risk and reward, between success and failure.
So, you’re the only you you’ve got. The compilation of your experiences is what you have to work from. Reflecting on this statement is about recognizing how your experiences maximize your capacity; personally, professionally and individually.
Fueling our Fear
Given the choice, there are many things that we would prefer to do ahead of confronting ourselves. Sitting on the sidelines and not gaining any insight is easier. This is all about experiential avoidance and it’s driven by negative messaging and reinforcement. I can’t, I won’t, it’s intimidating, I’ve seen this before and what happens if? Instinct tells us to avoid those things that are uncomfortable, unpleasant or unknown. Strangely, yet predictably, this avoidance increases not only our stress, but our fear. Just like risk, this isn’t about being foolish, it’s about being calculated.
Fueling our Growth
We would all benefit from a willingness and eagerness to connect with ourselves. Fueling your growth begins with doing just that. When we engage in experiences, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to increase our understanding of our capacity… The power to do. Creating an incubator of experiences is the opportunity to create an environment that energizes your achievement. You gain the ability to define yourself, refine yourself and grow yourself.
Be Affirmed + A Thoughtstarter
You’re the only you, you’ve got. In the days ahead, stand in front of the mirror and consider that statement to start your day. Then, consider the experiences you will choose to fuel your growth.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Make it a great week,
P.S. What I’m Reading…
Get it Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day by Sam Bennett. This book is short and sweet but filled with practical insights on bridging the gaps between creativity and focus to help people harness their potential. It was recommended to me because of the writing style, but the content has led to many thoughtstarters centering on our creative processes.