Lesson Learned: What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
I barely learned my best lesson before this prompt popped up! Guess you can’t rush enlightenment :).
The best thing I learned about myself this year is (cue drumroll). . .I can do it.
What? That’s my great lesson? Of course I can do it.
Wait, do what? Anything I set my mind to.
You can take your answer and jump off a cliff
Yes, I have “known” this for a long time. But I have known it in the sense that while I know I could skydive I’ve never actually done it.
I know people who have taken that leap and felt that terror turned exhilaration. I’ve seen it in movies. In my head, I know what skydiving is. In my body, I’m still clueless (and before anyone signs me up for a dive, I’m happy to remain that way. It’s a metaphor, people).
What’s it really all about?
So what is this metaphor really about? Successful entrepreneurship. I have seen plenty of “ordinary” people, both on and off line, run hugely successful small businesses. I’ve watched them build it from nothing to six figures a year. I’ve listened to them all tell me that if they could do it, anybody could.
In my head, I knew it was possible; that kind of knowing wasn’t enough.
I can’t pinpoint the exact moment this really sank in, but over the last month or so my intellectual understanding has spread to my heart and gut. I really, really can join the ranks of all those entrepreneurs I admire so much. I no longer see myself as one of hundreds (or even thousands) of adoring fans, placing my role models on pedestals.
I now know what they know, that there are no pedestals (or spoons, for my fellow Matrix geeks).
Watch out for quicksand! (and other things a map is good for)
There, is however, a path, one that some are farther along on than others. Those successful people have just been journeying longer or more quickly.
There is nothing exclusive about this path; it is open to anyone who dares to live a life that is on purpose. I just have to keep going, sometimes forging my own path, sometimes gratefully following a map that was drawn by others.
I, in turn, will add to that map for those who come after me. That is the only difference between me and the superstars: how many footprints have been left on the path.
Through the looking glass (I hope Johnny Depp is there!)
Going forward, I am bubbling with delight and excitement at what I can create in 2011. I will do everything I can to remind myself of the intrinsic power that is always available to me. I will use this power for good, for myself and for others.
I feel as if I am seeing myself from the other side of the mirror; the side that is confident and secure in her power, the side that lovingly waves good-bye to the Me of Christmas Past and turns to face the Self of the Future.
And yes, the growing pains were worth it. I couldn’t have achieved this mindset shift without some purposeful struggle and strife.
Now it’s time to relax and celebrate the past year before I roll up my sleeves and immerse my hands in the rich soil of 2011.