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What can you open up to in your life?

Jennifer Oechsner

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
-Anais Nin

Have you ever felt stuck? Have you ever felt like your on a hampster wheel that you just can't seem to get off of? Have you ever wanted to alter your course but couldn't quite figure out the right path? I'm sure you all said yes!

As I approach my 40th birthday I find myself pondering these questions and ready to  break free from self-limiting behaviors and self talk. I'm ready to blossom in all aspects of my life. Inklings of the need to change have been whispering to me, that inner voice became more of roar on my recent trip to Nepal. I became even more aware of how quickly the years pass and how short life is. Time spent living in a cocoon is time wasted. What can we do to break free from this tight bud, this cocoon? Here are my suggestions for overcoming the stickiness of self-limiting behavior that prevents us from living a full and authentic life.

  • Make a list of your professional and personal goals. To successfully cultivate change it is important to know where your want to go. The path will reveal itself when you decide on the destination.
  • What are your self-limiting beliefs?  Cultivate self awareness by taking note when you experience self doubt, fear of success or feel that you are not worthy of achieving your goals. It takes work to change these negative thought patterns and awareness of them is the first step to change.
  • Surround yourself with people who nurture your spirit and help you remain true to yourself. We all need people in our life to lean on, to listen and to keep us in check when we falter from our path. Share your goals and dreams with your support system. We are social beings that need community to thrive. 
  • Commit to a regular meditation practice. Even 10 minutes of mindfulness practice each day can calm the mind, soothe the nervous system and breed a deeper connection to the Self, your truth.

What changes are you working on in your life? What helps you when you feel stuck? I'd love to hear from you!