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Breaking into My Life

Breaking Into My Life chronicles the impact that growing up with a mentally-ill mother had on author Michelle Dickinson-Moravek, and how she finally reclaimed herself and the life she deserved.

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Eat the Chocolate Cake

My message today is a little raw and a lot honest. This time it is about my own mental well-being.

“Embrace your ambition” – A little yellow post-it reads that hangs off my computer monitor. Reading it does motivate me. Yet it also terrifies me. Within the past two months I have heard “embrace your ambition” from my therapist and my high school friend. Ok, I got it. Message received.

I guess it terrifies me because I know that what I set my mind to – I go after and fight like hell to accomplish. Maybe that message is calling me to really get on the court and play bigger – much bigger than I ever have. Maybe it terrifies me because this time it just feels different – very different.

It’s funny how fear keeps us playing small. My friends recently went sky diving. As I watched their videos that captured their experience, I put myself back there when I jumped. I remembered that exhilarating feeling of jumping and falling. That scary dance between fear and total vulnerability that led to that amazing sense of freedom. In some ways, I am re-learning how to dance with my fears all over again. And I am quickly reminded that change has never been easy for me.

I’m a Capricorn that really likes things certain and predictable. BUT when I think about what Tony Robbins says about too much certainty I really do get quite squeamish!

He says:

  • Certainty = knowing what is going to happen and devising a plan for achievement.
  • Uncertainty = the unplanned events in life and learning how to adapt.

Embracing the uncertainty affords us to just go with the flow, be more agile, and it strengthens that muscle to adapt more easily. Then we can embrace whatever is waiting around the next corner for us with ease.

So, I think I am just going to eat the chocolate cake. Embrace my true ambition. Live the best life that I can. And, dance the moonwalk with my fears. And, I will welcome as much uncertainty into my life as I can. What about you?


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