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Life's Quiver: Releasing the Arrows of Progress, One Step at a Time

Lately, I've been on this self-discovery rollercoaster, trying to delve deeper into the realms of authenticity and personal freedom. The ride has been thrilling, moving from the cozy corner of introspection to the vibrant stage of visible expressions of liberation. And as the ride goes higher, the ideas come pouring down like confetti.

But here's the twist. Just when I'm about to reach the zenith, I hit an invisible wall. I mean, I've got everything - the ideas, the plan, the fire in my belly. But why do I suddenly feel like a deer caught in the headlights?

There's an art to seizing control of what's within our reach, a subtle mastery in focusing solely on what we can achieve. It sounds straightforward, but it's a skill set that requires fortitude and the ability to concentrate on "doing the thing." But how do you actually get yourself to "do the thing."

This conundrum led me on a quest to uncover the "knot in the thread" of progress. The ideas, plan, and motivation are all present, so why the hesitation? The answer, it seems, was hidden in the pages of the book "How to Think Like a Roman Emperor." A central lesson echoed within me: untangle happiness from the fickle strings of external factors and focus on what's in my hands - my efforts and actions. It reminded me of an archer who can only command his stance, not the gusty winds.

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength." - Marcus Aurelius

Now, let's face it, we've all had that creepy-crawly feeling of impostor syndrome. Those nagging questions like, "Do I have what it takes?", "What will people say?", "Is this the right next step?" or "What if I trip and fall?" But hang on a second, aren't these questions, like chasing the wind, totally out of my control?

Instead, how about some soul-searching questions like:

  • Am I proud of this idea?

  • Have I dared to push my thinking beyond the comfy familiar?

  • Does this align with my core values and purpose?

  • Is this a stepping stone towards more freedom and progression?

These are the unlocking questions, the moments of poised readiness with the arrow nocked and form perfected. If the answer to these questions is "yes," it's time to let the arrow fly and see where it lands.

But don't dwell too long in anticipation - pull another arrow. And if it misses, don't sweat it. There are plenty more arrows in the quiver.

The key is to keep going because every shot taken, hit or miss, is a step forward.

So here's a thought for you today, and don't worry, I'm doing this homework too:

  • What arrow do you hold, poised and ready for release?

  • What's the giant leap you're poised to take but just need that little nudge?

Take a breather and reshape those self-questions. When they're focused inward, the answer is a joyous "yes" - take a deep breath and let go.

And remember, every arrow released is a triumph in itself.



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