“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow
How often have you found yourself at that difficult crossroads?
A part of you urges you to step back, insisting you stay in your comfort zone where it’s familiar and safe. “Keep to your usual way of thinking. Continue your old patterns of behaviour. You know where you are then”, it says.
But, like a persistent child tugging at your sleeve, another part wants your attention.
Rather than stay safe, it compels you to move forward. “There’s more for you than this. You know there is”, it whispers, as it hints at an exciting future you’ve yet to discover.
Unsure of which way to go, you find yourself stuck at the junction. Yearning for change but scared of it at the same time.
“What if I get lost?” you ask. “What if life slaps me down for daring to want more?”
But is the discomfort of change as challenging as that nagging feeling you’re not quite living the life you’re meant to?
For me, that feeling is worse than the fear of moving forward.
Besides, life doesn’t slap us down for daring to risk – that’s just the story our Inner Bully tells us.
And getting lost can mean an adventure.
So if you find yourself standing at the crossroads, it’s OK to hesitate, it’s OK to falter. It’s understandable you feel scared and unsure.
But imagine what lies beyond your fear.
Consider the rewards that could be waiting.
Envisage a life of meaning and fulfilment.
And take the step.
©️ Julie de Rohan 2020.