Recently, the concept of “willingness” has come to my attention. Though I’ve never given the idea or term much thought in the past, it seems to be following me around.
It’s popping up in my Course in Miracles reading each morning. It’s the concept I’m most drawn to in the levels of consciousness chart I shared last week.
When I think about it, the concept of willingness is what has allowed me to grow a business from the age of 15 with a $5 bag of beads. Willingness was what allowed me to move to Chicago with $700 in the bank after graduation and set up my business full-time in a studio apartment.
I was willing to have anxiety attacks over cash flow.
I was willing to take on interns when I was a year out of school myself. Without a clue about being a boss.
I was willing to dip into my savings to re-brand my company.
I was willing to do whatever I could with whatever I had.
Recently, I feel like willingness is less common. Or perhaps less commonly spoken about.
In an effort to establish “credibility” or exude “success,” especially online, we are less interested in sharing the sacrifices, trade-offs, and lessons learned. We are less likely to share the nitty-gritty or not-so-pretty.
The problem with this phenomenon is that is isolating. It make it appear as though no one struggles. It makes it appear as if there is some sort of secret to “success” that some know and some do not.
But the truth is that talent, value, and willingness, are among the factors that cultivate long-term success.
We are comfortable sharing our talents and value, but shy away from what we were willing to do to get where we are.
No, I’m not suggesting we give a play-by-play of our actions. But I do think we can share our humble beginnings and difficult trade-offs in a more collaborative way so that other’s don’t feel like they are alone, struggling and making hard choices.
As a first step towards cultivating a more “willing” community, I kindly ask: what have you been willing to do?