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To find yourself sometimes you need to lose yourself.

by Dieter Pauwels February 11, 2009

walkaboutYou have probably heard the saying that if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten; meaning you’ll keep creating the same results over and over again. Sounds logical, doesn’t it?

Most people are smart enough to know what they need to do to create different results in their lives, yet they don’t seem to get themselves to actually do those things, which they already know they should. Why?
In order to do different things, you’ll have to change who you think you are (self image) and change the beliefs that are preventing you from doing the things you already know you should. Instead you get stuck in old routines, habits, beliefs and thought patterns.
We all have created these imaginary boundaries; emotional, physical and mental comfort zones and we’ll do (almost) anything to live our lives within these self-imposed boundaries.
You hold on to what you believe is true and you seek evidence to validate and support your own point of view. You continue to walk the same path that looks and feels familiar. Even when you encounter a new branch in the road – like a new opportunity - you may not notice it, and if you do, you ignore it and continue the road you are most comfortable on.
But sometimes you’ve got to lose yourself in order to find yourself, your true self. In Australia they call it ‘go walkabout’, a rite of passage when Australia's Aborigines wander in the outback bush.
Sometimes you have to challenge the beliefs you hold about yourself, the beliefs about what you’re truly capable of and what’s really possible. You have to challenge what you think is true, knowing there is always a different perspective, and start believing in what you really want.
When you expand your self-imposed boundaries, physically, emotionally and mentally, you have the opportunity to transform yourself, not in accordance with the rules and expectations of others, but guided by your own dreams and heart’s desires.
Isn’t it time to go walkabout?

Comments (1) -

2/13/2009 6:16:00 PM #

Wonderfully true post.  As a spiritual life coach myself this post truly resonates with me.  What you say here goes beyond just stepping out of the "comfort zone" but challenging and re-evaluating self; values and belief system.

Sharon Wilson Canada

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