the year of you, day 54

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (Day 54)

Meditation Music: Through My Eyes: Liquid Mind (6:45) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KIh20IZo1Q

Question: When in the past have you not been true to yourself?

Answer: Wow, I’m going to have to think about that one for a few minutes. The first thing that came to my mind was when I was in college, when I was dealing with impostor syndrome, especially my last two-and-a-half years as an undergraduate student. I was out partying A LOT, being seen as this party animal, knowing lots and lots of people, sometimes even being the life of the party. But inside, it was killing me. I had NO purpose, no direction, and no guidance, living day-to-day. I always wonder what got me through those days, because I didn’t have anyone I could truly count on to be in my corner, since most of my relationships were pretty superficial. I did have a few close friends, but more because we connected via sports and/or drinking. As I think back, did I have that ONE person that believed in me, that saw the potential in me, that saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself? Nope…can’t recall anyone like that. I think that’s why doing this Life Design Catalyst work resonates with me so much, because I was that person that didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. So, I would say that my college years were the times I wasn’t my true self. Now, I am definitely true to myself, showing up authentically in all my relationships. I think the switch flipped for me once I turned 50, where the focus was less on me and more on the legacy I want to leave behind. And the only way to do that it to be true to yourself. I’m sure it will bite me in the butt at some point in the near future, but at least I know that going without compromising my values – and I believe there aren’t a lot of people willing to do that, especially today. I would guess that image is even more important now that it used to be – and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Glad I’m an old(er) guy!


Other Stuff

I teach a side hustle class at UNCG, where students learn strategies to go from idea to income in about 4-5 weeks. I just recently read an article that 43% of full-time workers have a side hustle, which is up from 33% a couple of years ago. Seems like the way of the world these days. What holds people back? Fear. If fear is keeping you from moving forward, whether it’s a side hustle or anything else, check out this article:

It’s something WE ALL face throughout our lifetimes in various endeavors; the question is, will you let it fuel your fire or hold you back?


 

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