I caught myself in a lie earlier today.
I was speaking the lie with so much passion that the only reason I realized it was a lie was the disassembling that followed it.
I realized halfway through the explanation around the lie that I was, in fact, lying.
I have a group of friends that I really enjoy hanging with. People who reflect who I want to be in my heart of hearts. This group of friends are all entrepreneurs. It is, however, apparent whenever we hang out that I am in LAST place. Not that these friends would ever rank who is where, but it is pretty clear (to me) that I am not taking as many risks, and as a result, not experiencing as many entrepreneurial successes.
In fact, I’ve been having the conversation, with many friends that the last 3 years have been a kind of holding pattern for me – entrepreneurially. I haven’t swung for the fences or been willing to adjust to a market that has changed from what I was used to. I haven’t been willing to step outside of my comfort zone.
I’ve distracted myself from the lack of movement by working harder. I started a second job. I picked up crazy hours and exhausted myself, which both made me feel like I was making progress, and prevented me from having enough time to think critically about where I was.
I picked up goals that would only require me to work harder, and not be creative.
It only took me a year to figure out what was wrong.
It didn’t click for me until a friend of mine, mentioned that she was trying to get a family member back on track and that she only had a couple rules. There were a couple rules that she set for them. One was that this family member couldn’t sit at the house all day. The rule that stood out for me was that this family member couldn’t have/invite any friends who were not doing better than them. Her exact quote was that “They have to be at the very bottom of their social scene – everyone they know needs to be doing better”
As soon as I heard it, I knew that it was a powerful rule and I immediately wanted to ask myself where I was in my social circles.
Today, while hanging with my entrepreneur friends I immediately realized that I was at the bottom of this particular group. And that I was defending my excuses as to why I hadn’t progressed. I realized that I needed to let go of my pride and get clear about where I am.
I also need to use the resources I have to conquer the fears and old habits that have been holding me back. Release my ego and ask for help if necessary and move forward.
Having people around you who inspire you is a piece of advice that we often overlook, because looking for friends who are doing significantly better than you can be an ego-bruiser.
I pray that I don’t slip into using work as an excuse but continue to grow and move towards a life that is more fulfilling.
Fly or Fall