be willing to become nothing in order to become something

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WillingToBecomeNothingInOrderToBecomeSomethingNow that MR has ended, I am starting to bring a lot of what I’ve been thinking about to life.

As I start to implement my plans, this powerful question Mastin presented last week is helping me launch (and end) various aspects of my career when my mind whispers fearful thoughts about stepping into the unknown.

No matter what we are working on in life, I feel like this question can help us push past the resistance we face in order to make bold change.

 

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  1. Kimberly Anne

    YES! That’s all I have to say. I have some personal dilemmas going on right now, and I worry so much about giving up everything to start over and have the potential to have something bigger and better later.

    1. Jess Lively

      Exactly! : ) Do what you can, where you are, and just keep going.

      You can do this.

  2. Silvia Berlin

    This speaks so much to me right now… I am battling with the decision to remain a full-time working mom (What I do for a living has always been how I define who I am) or make sacrifices in order to stay home with our daughter… Ack! Am I rambling? I just posted about this very dilemma today… Thank you so much for this post.

    1. Jess Lively

      Thank you for sharing, Silvia! It does sound like a difficult decision to make, but one that can be made intentionally and possibly even shift now and in the future in many different directions.

  3. Fightonsilvia

    This speaks so much to me right now… I am battling with the decision to remain a full-time working mom (working or make sacrifices in order to stay home with our daughter…

  4. ahhhsoneo

    I really don’t want to be a simpleton, but I don’t think I get the quote. I mean on an intellectual level I “get” it, but deep down inside I don’t know if I do… Elaborate please… if its not too much to ask.

    1. Jess Lively

      For sure! First, I’d suggest reading the whole post that the quote came form to get more of Mastin’s perspective: http://thedailylove.com/this-is-a-major-dream-killer/.

      But I’d also like to quickly share how this quote hits home for me personally:

      In order to do something new, daring, or uncertain that we feel deeply called to do, we must face that uncertainty. We will feel fear, resistance, and our Lizard brain/ego/small voice in our head will tell us all kinds of rationalizations to not take action.

      Our egos would prefer to “know” for sure that the thing we are going to do will be successful. And if there is a chance that we may not “make it” – in whatever way our egos define “making it” – we will be afraid to take action wholeheartedly.

      We will hedge our bets, stay where we are, or take tiny actions, but not give it everything we have.

      So the idea of being “willing to be nothing in order to become something” is telling us that we must be willing to be unsuccessful at our goal in order to actually move forward in order to achieve it. We can’t let the idea of being unsuccessful stop us from moving forward.

      If we can come to peace with the “worst case scenario” (being nothing in this quote), then we no longer have anything to fear and we can move forward – to ironically get the success we are looking for.

      I hope this helps you see the quote in a new, clearer way. : )

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