Are You Open to Possibilities?
Note: A slightly different version of this article originally appeared in my January 2008 newsletter and has been edited appropriately.
It’s 2010 and my gut tells me that this year is going to be full of incredible opportunities for me personally and professionally (Wait, I say that every year…). As I think about why I might feel this way, I have to believe it’s because I’m prepared for and open to the possibilities.
As the clock struck midnight on a new year, did you make goals and resolutions? How likely are you to achieve them? As you consider the goals and resolutions you made for 2010, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I open to possibilities?
- Am I open to the ups and downs that may accompany these goals?
- Am I ready to take a risk and be vulnerable?
If you answered no to any of these, you may be stuck in fear of the unknown, choosing the safety of “what is” instead of the possibilities (I get it, I’ve been there). If you answered yes, congratulations. You most likely see the excitement that comes with being open to new possibilities.
Opening to possibilities is not an easy thing to do. You have to be ok with vulnerability, putting yourself out there, and taking new risks. You open yourself up to success, mistakes, and (Gasp!) criticism. Judgment and “holding on” have no place in the land of possibility, only compassion, forgiveness and letting go.
Every time I enter into new territory, no matter what it is, I think, “I’ve never done this before how can I possibly succeed?” Then I reflect back to past situations – like quitting my job, running in an election and losing, auditioning for a TV show – and realize that no matter what happens, I’ll be ok. In fact, I’m better than ok. I learn a lot from each experience, and every time I think back, I get the strength I need to follow through in other situations.
As you think about the resolutions or goals you made for the New Year, consider being open to possibilities. Allow yourself the chance to experience whatever comes your way – positive and not so positive. You will learn a lot and potentially have some great stories to tell. That’s part of the excitement! And as long as you stay open to the possibilities, aware that all roads will have ups and downs, where you start will certainly not be where you end.
I’m looking forward to possibilities in 2010 that include (in no particular order):
Launching an online yoga video library
Launching Back to Your Senses TV online
Increased speaking and spokesperson opportunities
Growing the community around this blog (structure being added in 2010!)
Sharing the movement that is “Feel-Good Living”
And everything that comes with the above.
What possibilities are you open to in 2010? And how will you get there?