I was cruising along on Facebook today, when I saw an image similar to the one I’ve created here. I added the red “x” and the “IAMNOWHERE”, but otherwise, the image is essentially the same.
Before I added my embellishments, it summed up exactly how the entrepreneur’s journey can be. Afterwards, it cleared up in my own head where and whymy business has been stalling.
On any hero’s journey, you hit a wall that I call “The Faith Crisis” it’s the moment where you surrender yourself and Divine Intervention can finally happen.
For months, my coach has been sharing the “IAMNOWHERE” concept with me, to the point that now, when I look at that phrase, I don’t see “I am now HERE” or “I am NOWHERE”, but instead I see it as “I am now WHERE?”
Because that phrase has caused me to question so much of what I thought to be true. It’s also the ticket out of the stuck spaces and into higher velocity, more meaningful projects.
See, without the x on the map, you could be anywhere on this path, stumbling, bumbling, and even re-tracing a bit, THINKING you’re doing it all wrong, not knowing that you’re doing things exactly on schedule.
Of course, we’d all love a shortcut, and easier path, right? For most of us, we can’t just jump out of the maze.
I was talking with the super-smart @rhiannon_z this afternoon, and I asked the sage one if this was more common than we might think. Turns out, it’s very common to feel this tangled up mess going on. So common, in fact, that someone on facebook posted an image to illustrate it. But as Rhiannon pointed out to me, so few people talk about it because it’s so personal, that they often feel like they’re the only ones going through it.
Thus, the red x.
You are NOT alone in this. You are not the only one who faces moments of doubt, struggle and question whether or not you’ve got something worth pursuing. That’s just “I am nowhere” talking.
In fact, chances are pretty good that if you’ve come this far on the journey, if you’re standing in the middle of the maze where the red x is located, that you’re so much closer to success than you believe you are.
And giving up now will only force you into another maze – or worse – to re-trace your steps out of the maze and start over.
Only to face another maze in the future – a pattern you’re kind of “doomed” to repeat until you finally decide to push through the Faith Crisis.
But that’s another post for another blog of mine.
For now, get clear on where you are in the maze. Look around, and realize you are NOT alone. There are other folks on this walk, too. No one can walk your walk but you, but you do get some company along the way. That’s “I am now here” talking.
Get ruthlessly honest about your situation. Remove the judgment, because that’s not helping. Be okay with being uncomfortable for a bit. Mazes aren’t supposed to be easy. If you can jump, go for it, but if not, stay the course, and keep untangling yourself until the exit becomes clear.
Surrender what you think you know (I am nowhere) for what is waiting on the other side of The Faith Crisis (I am now here).
It’s really that simple shift in perspective that makes all the difference. But here’s the catch: you have to make that shift every day for a while. You have to keep reminding yourself for a while, until the old habits (I am nowhere) are supplanted by the new ones (I am now here). There’s no magic pill here. It’s a practice thing.
Here’s to more practice!