A big part of personal discovery is being honest about the limits you’re allowing yourself to believe. This is all mindset. If you believe you can do it, you can. If you don’t believe you can do it, you’re also right. Whatever limitations you allow yourself to believe are what you’ll get. It sounds a little harsh, but it’s true! Once you get over the initial sting, you’ll realize what a gift this lesson is. It’s just like when I realized only Tony can make decisions for Tony. That means I’m responsible for the suffering I allow in my life, but also the joy! And no one can take that joy away unless I give them permission, just as no one can take away your belief in yourself. But it has to start with you.
You don’t need to have everything figured out to move forward. Finding your outlet might not always be a clear journey, but it is a fulfilling one. Start by building your self-confidence, and when you need to, ask for support from someone who can guide the experience! I feel so grateful to every client who has entrusted me with their book-writing journey, just as I feel grateful for everyone who has supported me on mine. Every person who clapped at a poetry reading or bought a CD; every teacher who encouraged my writing; every person who read my first book. And I feel grateful for you, reading this book right now!
Finding your outlet might feel like a solitary journey, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you share what you’re doing with just a few trusted people or start applying for speaking engagements around the country, know that your gifts belong. They matter. No one will be able to bring these skills to the world the way you can.
You are the asset!