To me, the middle path most often comes down to education, willingness to learn, willingness to keep a beginner’s mind in tact, willingness to be vulnerable, willingness to change, fostering awareness and self-awareness, and a community supporting ANYONE towards extraordinary success. I couldn’t be more excited about sharing what gives any single human the chance to get out in the world, do what you know you are here to do, set yourself FREE.
FEAR of stepping into our whole-ness can dig into certain areas that are considered taboo.
[ There are a few taboo zones…
Don’t allow them to cripple you.
Ask me about the taboos ;) ]
FEAR is a nasty little instigator.
He tends to hang out with PERFECTIONISM.
Most of us have healthy doses of one or both due to conditioning.
This is nothing other than part of the Human Experience.
Most people who know me wouldn’t consider me to be fearful of much...
But my PERFECTIONISM streak runs strong.
🦠 Competitive Kid Gymnast
🦠 Straight A’s
🦠 First Born + Female
🦠 Southern Born + Bred
🦠 Motivated + Ambitious
Perfectionism, more so than fear, is what has held me back.
However, attempting perfection sure does tie back into the fear of getting something wrong.
Small imperfections nag at us.
Large mistakes might intensely cripple us.
As a coach, teacher, therapist, service or hospitality provider, or even living in a small town, the more we are in the public eye, the more we are up for public scrutiny.
Even the biggest, brightest, most well-known folks fear making mistakes.
But what they truly fear is being SEEN.
Seen as imperfect.
Seen as anything less than successful.
Seen as HUMAN.
Unfortunately, most of the time, especially on social media, we are never allowed to see this side of those celebrities, our very own hometown heroes, or even in real time in our most intimate relationships.
I'm not talking coming in 3rd place in some race, or dealing with an injury, or even oversharing every little detail, posting endless selfies in need of attention.
I'm talking real life brutal face-down-in-the-arena style moments of pure vulnerability.
It's certainly a challenge I am navigating WITH you.
Releasing perfectionism, stepping into fear,
Gaining the understanding that
It is OK to make mistakes,
And it is also OK to SHINE.
This IS the Middle Path.
Perfectionism and Fear get together and convince people it’s not worth stepping into our whole-ness because someone’s opinion of us might change.
Welp. That is true.
Opinions of us WILL change. But that's not really for us to worry about...
Stay the course.
Stay in your own lane.
Eyes soft and inward.
THE MIDDLE PATH