I promised I’d be back here to post again early in the new year and there was never really any doubt in my mind that I would be. If there were any doubt though I can safely say that all the positive feedback I got after the last (which was my first) blog post would have driven me back So before I say anything else, I’d like to give a special thank you to all those people who took the time to express their encouragement and excitment for my current project. It was motivating and inspiring.
Speaking of inspiring, someone brought this video of Oprah Winfrey to my attention. Oprah is speaking on the subject of surrender and I found it incredibly inspiring – and perfect timing given it’s New Year and all. I particularly took note when she said:
“When you’ve worked as hard, and done as much, and strived, and tried, and given, and pled, and bargained, and hoped… surrender. When you’ve done all that you can do, and there is nothing left for you to do… give it up. Give it up to that thing that is greater than yourself and let it then become a part of the flow.”
This video also reminds me of a time before I moved into the area of coaching (before I’d even heard of coaching), when I went through what I fondly refer to as my quarter life crisis! Until that point I was doing all the things I thought you were supposed to be doing. I had a finance job, a partner I loved, a good life but something was definitely missing. Unsurprisingly (as can be said in hindsight) it all fell apart. I felt broken. There was a sense of wanting to argue “But I’m doing all the right things!” while at the same time asking “What am I doing wrong?”
So I let go… I let go of needing to know the answer. I let go of wanting a guarantee that it was all going to work out. I chose to trust – I liken this to what Oprah referred to as surrender. I had a thought that if I stopped looking for the answer it would find me. So I moved overseas, practiced ‘letting go’ and then it found me. While I’d always been fascinated with psychology and loved to read about it, I’d never allowed myself to consider pursuring it for my life’s work. And then, in a quiet moment one day, I knew. Not long after, I arrived back in Australia, just in time to start a psychology degree (and a whole lot of hard work), and that path led me to the path of coaching, and from there I’ve never looked back
I believe one of the keys to a happy life is becoming attunded to your inner wisdom, and then putting your heart and soul into implementing what it tells you (I want to say ‘hard work’ but my experience is the action taken based on inner wisdom rarely feels like hard work; more like being on purpose).
As well as a belief in the power of the universe and an inner voice, I’ve learned there are neuropsychological reasons for letting go too. For more on this, stay tuned for part 2 of this blog post.
In the meantime, let Oprah inspire you!