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As I look towards the upcoming year I am filled with excitement for what the future brings. I find myself making choices that are a bit surprising to me. They are a variety of choices from the small and inconsequential to the ones that can determine my direction for the future, but underlying all is this one common theme. Damon Davis said fear is contagious but so is courage. It made me realize that over time, our every day decisions become the fabric of who we are. When we choose out of fear we become timid, untrusting and hesitant. When our choices are based on courage our determination, grit, perseverance and boldness open up possibilities that would not otherwise be present. So the question I have been asking myself is this, “Who do I want to be?” Do I want to be the person who is willing to reach through struggle to find compassion? Do I want to be the one who gives more? Do I want to be the kind of person who tries even if I am not sure of my abilities? Do I want to be the one who learns how to develop authentic connection with others, who knows how to move beyond a painful experience, who is confident and joyful despite my circumstances? YES! YES! YES!
So as I make choices – even the small ones – I keep in mind who I want to be. With the end in mind, the path ahead is clear and I know what to do.
I’ve made some big decisions in the past couple of weeks. Along with getting the process started to have my social work degree evaluated for possible practise here in Canada (which I wrote about in last week’s post), I have enrolled in the first 5 courses, the core curriculum, with the Coaches Training Institute with the hope to go on and get my Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) designation after that. I’ve also made some small choices – getting my first Toastmasters assignment, updating the theme on my website by myself (and yes, for you techies out there, I still have a few details to resolve) , saying yes to leadership opportunities that make me nervous. These smaller choices are helping me practise becoming who I want to be.
Here’s to living with clarity, courage, compassion and confidence!