09 Sep How To Go Beyond What You Know
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. ~ Andre Gide
To reference another nautical proverb, strong ships were not built to sit in the harbor. You have strengths that you don’t even know because you haven’t tested them. By putting yourself in situations that require more of you than you think you have, you stretch your knowledge, capabilities and demonstrate that you can handle whatever you set up for yourself.
However, to do that means being willing to endure times of self-doubt, when loved ones give well-intentioned advice about what to do (which, quite often, they’ve never done themselves and can only come from what they know to be true in their world). It means being willing to know your destination, without necessarily knowing exactly how you’re going to get there. It means intense personal development to expose and foster those inner connections, capabilities, and dreams.
What do you need to let go of in order to get completely different results from what you have always gotten? The following might surprise you.
The way you have always been will not take you where you want to go, if where you want to go is a new place you have never been before. Say you want to move to the tropics but you have always lived in the frozen tundra – you would have to make adjustments in how you think, dress, behave, eat, etc. Energetically, you will relate to a new environment through a new way of being. This is what is required to activate the universal law of attraction; which basically states that “like attracts like”. If you continue to be as you have always been, you will continue to get what you have always gotten.
In order to create new success, you have to grow and express your inner Being.
You accumulate knowledge throughout your life, through education and experiences. That knowledge may or may not be relevant anymore to where you want to go. However, it was essential that you have it at the time in order to get to where you are now. It is most helpful to have a beginner’s mind, a blank slate, so that you release preconceived ideas and are open to the opportunities that present to you along the way.
The most important thing to “know” is that you are living on purpose, and if that doesn’t feel right, it’s time to make a change.
You need to do things differently in order to get new results. That applies to people, to expectations, to prioritizing your time and energy, and more. In relationships, you may find that you are showing up in a new way, and your “people” may not know what to make of you. This is a natural reaction, in a way, because if you are doing different, they also have to change. If you decide to not do something different, you are limiting your self-expression to keep the peace.
In other areas, you must actively release your attachments to your history, because you are no longer that person – it is a new day. You must release your expectations to a particular outcome; that is, you know you want to get from San Diego to New York BUT if you are too attached to it being via an airplane, you will miss the scenic route where you could meet the exact right opportunity. Your Doing needs to trust and be in flow with your new states of Being and Knowing.
Moving out of the comfort zone into the vitality of new life is exciting and dynamic – and can bring up your innermost fears.
However, by being willing to experience the letting go of what you know in exchange for what you can have is the only way you will achieve the greatness waiting for you.