Aha – when you feel like everything around you is crumbling – let it go.Your first reaction is to hold on even tighter. And the truth is, you’re probably better off without it. Could there be something bigger and better waiting around the corner for you? Gather yourself up and rise above. That is one of your greatest life lessons.
We are so conditioned to hold on to what is most familiar to us. And that may not be your greatest self. Iyanla Vanzant pointed this out so well with a recovering drug addict named Steve. He was clean and sober 10 yrs and wonder what was the point, life wasn’t so great. She explained that he had become addicted to his ‘story’ of addiction and failure. It was all he knew and what he did best. So holding onto the story was easier than stepping out and imagining and creating a better life. Because that can be very scary. Where does he start? What if he fails? What if he looks stupid? Can he really do it without ever having been validated in his life? He already knew how to be an addict and that was bad enough. But the thought of possibly failing at one more thing can freeze you in your tracks.
The trick is to imagine what do you have to lose vs what do you have to gain, and to realize that you are more than that ‘old story’. Your image of who you are can be cemented by what people did or didn’t tell you. Whether you are coasting along on cruise control or hanging by a thread, not living up to your potential leaves you feeling not enough. You have the power to change that! Your potential may be showing up every day for your family, a neighbor or even the stranger you see at your job. It doesn’t have to be any great big success story, simply being of service the best you know how. Remember that it really does take a village and that people really do need people. Show up and give of yourself. Affirm other people. Show them that they are lovable and that you have got their back. We share the same stories in one way or another. We ALL matter.
This link allows you to see Steve the addict tell his story and transform. Make sure to watch the last video where you can see how powerful it can be to support another person in their life. You can see and feel the energy in the audience as they too, even as observers can see the miracle behind this transformation for each and every one of us. Bravo to Iyanla!