So you’ve got this idea, and it’s a goodie. You’ve been trying to get it off the ground for a while and have accumulated all sorts of skills you never expected to along the way. Hey, look at you! Now you know HTML code. Who woulda thunk?
Thing is, these new tactics don’t seem to be working.
You’ve pushed from enough sides now to see that you’re missing something.
You need a breakthrough. The kind that’s only ever gonna happen at your own growth edge.
But how do you find your growth edge?
Follow your discomfort. Follow it like a tripwire leading back to its source. Look for that icky, uncomfortable thing that’s persistently asking to be done.
Discomfort is rich territory.
That place that makes you squirm is the location of your next growth edge.
Before I’d ever published a blog post, or even sent a newsletter, I’d collected hundreds (srsly) of partly-done pieces. The thought of completing them made me ill. ‘Cause if I finished them, then I might have to – eek! – publish them. People will SEE it! (People will see ME.)
Maybe you don’t need any more skills or digital techniques. Maybe your growth edge is speaking your idea within your warm market, to people you already know. Who might spark that Who am I to do this? internal script.
That’d be rich, ick-inducing territory.
Maybe it’s closing a sale, claiming that client. ‘Cause that manifestation guru said that when you’re aligned everything will fall effortlessly into place. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be, you wonder.
Sometimes what’s meant to be is wrestling with discomfort like you’re slaying an effing dragon with your bare hands. Then life knows you mean business this time. You’re willing to take on the shiz at the next level.
Those are the kind of places – rich with craptastic discomfort – where your growth edge is. Working through that leads to your breakthrough.
Or, as Buddhist teachers more elegantly put it:
First the mud, then the lotus.
Follow your discomfort. Your breakthrough is waiting for you there.
Where are you feeling the ickiness of your next level? Let us know in the comments. It’s awesome when we can learn from each other.
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