How to Boldly Go Where You've Never Gone Before
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“Space – the final frontier! These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five year mission – to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before” ~ Star Trek
This is a guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering
Is there somewhere you'd like to boldly go? Somewhere you've never gone before? Somewhere so far out of your comfort zone that it scares the bejesus out of you just thinking about it?
Likely this place is not just a place – it's a hope, a mission, a work of art, a degree, a big change, a dream, an achievement, a sense of purpose, an audition, a break up, a way of life, an adventure or a challenge – and likely it's just a drop in your bucket list compared to the excuses heaped on top of it.
- I'm too old.
- I'm not good enough.
- I have no talent.
- I'm scared.
- I don't want to be alone.
- I don't want to rock the boat.
- I don't want to leave what I know.
- I have no idea how to start.
- I'm too lazy.
- I'm not bold enough.
- It's too hard.
- I just can't.
We all have them. They buzz around our brains like bees, demanding our attention. Pick me! Pick me! And so we sift through our excuses, choose one that fits, but it stings us anyway. Why? Because we feel like that place we want to boldly go is still out there, waiting for us to seek it out, sitting quietly in a corner of our brain hidden behind a din of excuses.
So how do you get there to that place – that final frontier? How do you boldly go where you've never gone before?
Well you can start by getting your hair washed. Yes, you heard me right. I said, get your hair washed. Likely not the advice you were expecting. Maybe you thought I was going to tell you to “just do it” or “visualize your future” or “begin with small steps” or “write down your goals” or “plan your path” – all very useful ways to go boldly forward. But yesterday, as I sat back in a reclining shampoo chair and had my hair washed, I had a bit of a rethink.
I was in the midst of writing this very article when I had to step out for a hair appointment. I needed the break and the “just do it” path this article was headed down was feeling a little worn.
As I lay back, hot water flowed gently over my hair and surrounded my thoughts with warmth. A rush of calm washed over me as the shampoo was softly massaged into my scalp. “Tell them to get their hair washed,” was the thought that bubbled up. I smiled and relaxed into a state of bliss as my hair was rubbed, cleansed, rinsed and wrapped in a soft towel.
I knew what I wanted to say. I knew that self care, self love, warmth and washing away expectations and pressures was part of it. That is why I say, “Get your hair washed.” I don't mean it literally, I mean relax, give your head a soak and embrace the maybe in life.
- Maybe you don't need to dive headfirst into your dreams right this second.
- Maybe you are exactly where you should be.
- Maybe you know best what is best for you.
- Maybe you're not ready.
- Maybe it doesn't matter if you go boldly towards some big bold dream.
- Maybe it's enough to have big bold dreams.
- Maybe you are enough just as you are.
- Maybe your time will come.
- Maybe you will decide today is your day.
- Maybe your excuses are valid.
- Maybe you don't have to be all that you can be.
- Maybe you are amazing and bold already.
- Maybe you just need to get your hair washed.
- Maybe I'm wrong.
There's lots of advice out there about how to go boldly forward, how to seek out your dream life, how to get what you really want – lots of great advice. But for now, rest your head back a moment and let that place – that hope, mission, work of art, degree, big change, dream, achievement, sense of purpose, audition, break up, way of life, adventure or challenge simply wash over with loving warmth and then maybe, just maybe …
Katie is boldly trying to be a blogger, vegan, runner, writer, director and good wife and mother. She writes a blog called Momentum Gathering where she seeks to inspire simple joyful life change. Katie has a beautiful new FREE Workbook called The Life Cleanse Starter Kit. It's a great way to get the momentum building around your next bold move!