Famous psychologist, Abraham Maslow, believed the secret to happiness lay in reaching our full potential and that “in any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or step back into safety. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again”.
I have never considered myself to be a brave woman and if I’m honest, I spent the first 45 years of my life playing it safe. I never rocked the boat personally or professionally, I never took risks and I never even considering colouring outside the square.
But was I content with my day to day life? Was I fulfilled? Well the answer to both those questions would have to be a loud and clear “No!”
I had wonderful friends and family but I hadn’t discovered what made my heart sing. I didn’t know how to create a sense of genuine and lasting satisfaction. I had no sense of purpose or meaningful action that I wanted to take every day.
But was I willing to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Again, the answer to that was “no” for quite a few years. I was too committed to habits and patterns that weren’t making me happy but kept me busy so I didn’t have time to examine my life and what needed to change.
It takes courage to look at what’s not working in our lives – be it our job, our relationships, our hobbies, our home – and create meaningful change. And it’s definitely not easy.
But tiny steps in the right direction, every day, will gradually get us there. And I love the idea that when we take one step forward in search of personal growth and fulfilment, the universe takes another ten on our behalf.
What tiny step can you take today?
Love to you all, Jx