Small Steps

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This week marks the four-year anniversary of beginning my journey with personal development. This picture was the first assignment for an online course I took with Brene Brown for her book The Gifts of Imperfection.
 
I can still remember how hard it was for me to write those words on my hand. While I pretended they were true, I didn’t feel them because my running list of Flaws had destroyed my list of Awesomeness. The idea of being myself, not who I thought I needed to be, was terrifying.
 
I was afraid I would never be okay with being imperfect or believe that I was enough. I was afraid but I still wrote those words: “I’m imperfect, and I’m enough”.
 
And wow am I thankful.
 
I’m so thankful to the woman in this picture for being courageous and taking that first step, even when she was afraid. Because of her courage I progressed with the work of personal development and changed my life, and the lives of countless others. Because of her courage I’ve built up my honesty, love and vulnerability muscles in trainings, books, coaching and experiences. Because of her courage I’m writing this to you now!
 
And it was all because of that small first step.
 
Sometimes it can feel like it’s a million miles between where we are and where we want to be. I can tell myself that it’s going to take so much time and work grow and expand. “It’s important, so it must be hard and time-consuming!” I tell myself.
 
But the truth is, there are lots of little ways to grow and change and expand every day. And all those little steps progressively add up to big change. It’s about deciding that we will be courageous and take the steps we need to when they show up for us to take them.
 
For me, it was writing words on my hand and beginning an online course four years ago. What will it be for YOU?