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Jumanji Super Powers

 

I have to be honest, I am looking forward to seeing the new Jumanji movie: ‘The Next Level’. I thoroughly enjoyed the first movie ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ as the characters found themselves in unfamiliar territory with their new ‘Superpowers’ and grappling with their new bodies. What I adored is the characters suddenly having to learn how to use their new ‘Superpowers’ and get past how they had previously viewed and defined themselves.

One of the great underlying messages in the movie is about looking and seeing yourself differently and the changes that it can inspire. What would you do if you were suddenly given a new and different way to look at yourself?  What would you want to explore? What would you want to change? How far would you go to challenge your own assumptions?

Even on a good day, change is hard, messy, uncomfortable, and downright challenging and also leads to incredible gains and insight. Choosing to look at yourself in a different light and stretch outside your comfort zone takes courage, compassion, and perseverance. People often choose to stay stuck rather than discovering what their ‘Superpowers’ are. That is too bad as “change begins at the end of your comfort zone” (Roy T. Bennett).

What are your ‘Superpowers’? What do you want to change? Where has playing it safe gotten you? Remember, #change is difficult, so is living with the #statusquo

The Cost of doing Nothing

2019 was a huge year for me. I finally stopped ‘talking’ about what I wanted to do and actually DID it. For me, that meant quitting my secure job with benefits and diving into self-employment. The catalyst for the change was finishing my Master’s degree in Leadership and recognizing my greatest fears and some not so great personality characteristics, literally had me going nowhere. This insight, along with a combination of vulnerability and soul-searching led me to call myself out on my own hypocrisy.

What it means for me in 2020 is that I am stronger, more open to fear and willing to tackle things that I never would have done in the past. What does that mean for you? Ask yourself:

  • What’s holding you back from achieving your dreams?
  • What are you telling yourself that limits your ability to move forward?
  • What assumptions do you have?
  • One year from now, where do you want to be? What are you willing to change to get it?

As the end of the calendar year approaches, many people reflect on their past and dream about their future. There is no doubt that change is hard. The flip side is that it is SOOOOO worth it. My challenge to you is carve out and shape in your mind what it is that you truly want to change and then break it down into manageable pieces so that every week, you are one step closer to achieving your dream. What would it feel like to actually achieve your dream? I can tell you it feels WAYYY better than I could ever have imagined……

Let’s stop the cycle of dreaming of change and doing nothing about it. Let’s connect and see what dreams are #possible. What is going to cost you? I would argue that the cost of doing nothing is much higher than the cost of change.

Don’t just fly….. Soar

As my spouse and I were driving throughout Ontario recently, we were admiring the colours of the leaves and appreciating the changing of the season. We passed a sign that said “Don’t just fly, soar” and that really stuck with me. As autumn is my favourite time of year, I have always been more reflective in the fall and that sign was like a huge ‘lightbulb moment’.

Where am I selling myself short and not aiming to soar higher? What I realized is that while I am challenging myself, I also have so many more great heights to shoot for. At the same time, my spouse asked me when I was going to start a podcast. I hadn’t even thought of that. In that moment, I realized I was not soaring. I was barely even flying. I ask my clients to think big and be big and yet, I was not practicing it myself.

What assumptions and judgements are you making about yourself and your life?

What barriers are you putting up? What would it give you to not just fly through life but to actually SOAR???

Let’s strap some wings on, create a life that makes you feel like you can take on the world. A life that inspires you, fulfills you and allows you to be the best version of yourself, each and every day.

SOAR is an acronym for Situation, Opportunity, Action, Result.

So, where do you want to SOAR?

 

 

 

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