Do you place limits on yourself and your dreams?
One of the biggest stories I hear from women is, "I don't have the money." or "I can't do X, Y, or Z until I have more money."
Last week, I spoke to fellow Master Coach Susan Hyatt's #makeascene crew - these are women who have big plans and big dreams and they are ready to get it done no matter what. One of the things that they feel could stand between them and their dream: money.
That is NOT true.
Money (lack or it or having lots of it) is never a valid excuse for NOT taking your dreams storm and making it happen. Whether you have lots of financial resources or you don't doesn't dictate your power, your ability and your capacity to take action. Money is not the source of your power - you are.
I am all for being truthful - if you don't want to make your dream happen, then claim it (what a relief that will be, eh?) If now isn't the right time, okay, that's good to know. But using money as an excuse? No way, no how, do I buy it.
You are far more powerful and resourceful than that.
If you are waiting for the financial conditions to be just right for you to go after what you want, you are likely going to wait forever. Why? Because placing financial conditions around going after your dreams is often just a fear-tactic to keep you safe.
I'm not suggesting quitting your job. Oh no, I'm not. Though maybe you will. Here is what I am suggesting to help you drop the limits that you've allowed to falsely hold you back from what you really want.
Identify your revolution and why is it important to you. What pisses you off? What issue always captures your attention that you cannot stop talking about? What change do you want to see in the world around you and WHY is this important to you? This right here, this is your fuel, this is your lightning bolt. Know your WHY (as Simon Sinek so brilliantly talks about) and that lights the fire in your belly that will get you to walk past your limits and into uncharted territory.
Think bigger than yourself (and the money will come). This is related to your revolution but girl, you gotta be thinking about the impact of your revolution two, three, four years (even generations) down the line. The best revolutions don't JUST impact you, they change the world. I'm thinking of my amazing fellow coach Indrani Goradia who just addressed the United Nations about gender-based violence. Indrani is one of those women who has always had a powerful message and her why and her greater vision have carried her to this place.
Ask yourself, "What can I do right now, no matter what the balance is in my bank account?" Start now. If that question makes you want to take a nap, maybe this isn't your revolution. Maybe it's time to let it go and move on. HOWEVER if you have found your revolution and you are ready to (as Susan Hyatt says) #makeascene, ask yourself this question. What resources are available to me, what can I do, what action can I take right now to start my revolution? This is a huge source of your innate wealth: your ability and your capacity to stand up and be counted.
There are no limits to what you can accomplish.
This has been on my mind and in my heart as I've been preparing to move to Bujumbura, Burundi where people actually DO live with limits. Limits to their political freedom. Limits on the resources available. Limits to education, clean water and health care. Real live limits. Not the kind of mental limits we tend to create for ourselves in the face of things being inconvenient or a little harder than we thought.
Can you imagine who you would be if you were to see yourself as the limitless, powerful woman that you are?
You are SO powerful.
There are no limits to the power you can wield when you understand that nothing but you can stand in your way. So tell me: what is your revolution, why is it important and what are you going to do right now to go beyond your limits and make it happen?
I can't wait to see you in action, out beyond your limits. Show me what you've got.