OK, so I borrowed Journey’s famous song title for this post, but please bear with me as I make a point that will change the way you see your life. Take a look at the refrain from the song that has now made a HUGE comeback thanks to that little TV show called GLEE:
Strangers, waiting, up and down the boulevard, Their shadows searching in the night, Streetlight people, living just to find emotion, Hiding somewhere in the night.
For the most part, the lyrics of the song are general and can represent a number of scenarios that are taking place all over the world right now. I’d like to take a crack at drawing out something that makes a tasty life-lesson…my favorite kind. There are several key words that stand out to me in this verse: strangers, waiting, searching, and hiding. Hmmm…do you see what I see? How many of you are strangers to yourselves and the world? What are you waiting for? How long have you been searching? Will you come out of hiding?
I knew that Journey was my favorite band back in the day for a reason more than Steve Perry’s pipes…
The life journey can be tricky at times, leaving you unfulfilled, lacking belief in yourself, and running for cover…like the “streetlight” people who are not really living but are in a cheap substitution for the life they could be experiencing. As a life coach, a part of my job is to ask clients questions that bring clarity to their unique situation. Often the revelation in the answers remind them that they can know where they are and where they want to go, understanding without debilitating fear.
Coming Out of Hiding
, it’s imperative to ask “what” it is that you’re hiding from and then allow yourself the moment of clarity that comes with the answer. It’s obviously some form of fear that taunts enough to keep you immobile and in the dark. I hear the phrase “I’m stuck” so frequently in my business that I’m planning on offering a special “Get Unstuck” package. This problem is really more about being afraid of the unknown than it is being unable to move…a default excuse for not even trying.
During a recent conversation with some colleagues, a question was posed in which I found a deeper understanding. We discussed, “what’s the worst thing that can happen?” as being a foundational question to help clients discover and overcome their fears. So, I ask you: what is the worst thing that can happen in your situation? Yes, the one that keeps you up at night and sends gray hairs to the surface of your head like tiny “I surrender” flags.
It’s your personal discovery in this hiding place that will catapult you to a new beginning, the renewal of belief in yourself and your journey. It’s not something that you can do just once and expect that you’ll never visit that “comfort zone” again; you will go back but with a greater understanding and holding a “map” that shows the way out. How do I know this? Because I still go there myself, and I still have to ask myself “what is the worst thing that can happen?”. Be well-be beautiful-be happy.
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