Those two words alone are enough to kick me into gear anytime Ego rears its head to stop me from doing anything risky, which is every time. Anything that has me show myself naturally causes Ego to wobble and shake. Ego doesn’t like that threat, not one bit.
But, that’s why they’re called growing pains. Because to morph and grow is tricky business. The key is knowing the difference between growing pains and intuitive pains. The gut adrenaline rush of doing something that will help you grow is your intuition’s greenlight. When you’re headed in the wrong direction, your intuition throws a hard stop, emergency break that we often ignore. Why? Because Ego loves to win.
Still, unlike Ryan Holiday, I don’t believe the Ego is the enemy. I do believe that it needs a solid check to remind it who’s boss. Which, if you haven’t Nancy Drew-ed it yet, is you.
Differentiating the internal pains comes from knowing yourself better.
That’s where I come in. You don’t have to go at it alone. I started Sow to Speak to help you rehumanize yourself by offering one on one energy leadership coaching, which is a fancy way of saying self-awareness coaching, so you start paying more attention to how you’re showing up in the world.
Why? Because when we wake up and become more conscious about how we’re showing up, we take back our power. Why use the methods of creative arts? Because it’s the fast track to go high-risk in low-stakes so that when the inevitable high-stakes situations in life pop up, you’re ready. Why else? Because unless you’re Steve Martin, being a jerk to yourself and others isn’t funny; it’s toxic.
As you head into your day, remember we’re not just heading into a “new normal” we’re becoming new humans—one human at a time. You’re up.
“Nothing’s stopping you except what’s inside
I can help you, but it’s your fight, your fight
Don’t take it lyin’ down; you got to bite back.”
– U2, Get Out of Your Own Way