Somewhere along the way, we learn to avoid things that are uncomfortable.
“Hey look at this,” we think. “If I just stay here in the middle – away from the sharp edges – then I don’t get too banged up.”
Slowly, our passions and goals stop being about what we want to create or who we dream of becoming.
Slowly, our passions and goals become more about how to stay safe, or how to avoid the edges.
When the edges sneak up on us anyway – as they tend to do – then we find ways to soften them.
Conveniently, we live in a world that will jubilantly help us soften the edges.
We distract. We eat. We smoke. We drink a glass (or three) of wine before dinner. We become anti-anxiety, anti-depression, anti-mood. We watch hours of stuff that means nothing to us. We soften the edges.
And you know what?
It kinda works.
In the moment, we seem not to get bumped as hard.
Only problem is that as we lose the edges, we also lose the wisdom that the edges are designed to bring.
We lose the intuition that comes from the experience.
We lose the discovery of our own boundaries and preferences.
And we lose the joy that is a natural result of vulnerability, awareness, and energy.
All of this results in losing our awareness of our life purpose, our passion. We lose our clarity, too.
In other words, you can try your level best to stay smack dab in the middle, not bumping into the edges. But one day, it will occur to you that you have avoided so much more in the process. Including your own life.
I am lucky enough to work with some of the most amazing people on the planet in my Uplevel Academy masterminds. These are women and men who run their own businesses. They’re creative. They’re entrepreneurial. They shine. They have big breakthroughs and major victories.
And, of course, they hit edges along the way. (So does their coach!)
In fact, I don’t know a single successful person who doesn’t bump into edges on a regular basis. It is always tempting to think, “If I’m truly living my purpose, shouldn’t it just always be easy?”
But that’s just that old story we’ve memorized well over the years, trying to keep us safe in the middle of the road, not failing – but never winning either.
If you are reading this, and you know in your heart that you have a big WHY, then welcome and bless your edges. After all, no one succeeds without them. They are your teachers.
In the comments below, please share an “edge” that has been a great teacher to you – and has ultimately made you more successful!