How do you take on something that overwhelms you?
How do you turn doubt into determination?
How do you translate someone’s perception of you or your actions?
These are questions I’ve asked myself as I go through yet another shift in my Darah-fied life. I keep coming back to the same conclusion:
Transformation isn’t about your image. It’s about the image of everything else to you.
Let’s break it on down now!
Transformation isn’t about your image.
How are we presenting ourselves as authentically as possible? The truth of the matter is this- Our ability to be authentic requires us to do some ridiculously tough but valuable work in looking at ourselves. Human nature is to run from discomfort and one of the most uncomfortable things in life is to look at our own flaws while simultaneously displaying our own vulnerability in the form of.. well.. every bit of what makes us who we are.
Transformation is about the image of everything else to you.
It’s about perception. It’s all in the approach and how you choose to navigate things you see and experience. This is where the aforementioned questions come in for me. Allow me to present a super detailed info-graphic**:
**Not an accurate depiction of how it looks in my mind.***
*** Note to self: Work on design skills.
If you’re anything like me, an idea can quickly become a challenge. This can be a good thing! The problem is this: If I don’t focus on how I personally approach that challenge, it can then become an obstacle. The obstacle starts to seem insurmountable. I start to realize how done I am with stressing over it and I’m back to where I started before I even began.
Lately, I’ve shifted my focus to small changes instead of giant ones. This strategy allows me to maintain some balance while everything else is shifting. While I have undergone some pretty sizable transformations in my 33 years, none of them have been without self-doubt, outright failures, and numerous “restarts”- You know those Mondays where you promise yourself you’ll start fresh right after you enjoy a ridiculously lazy and gluttonous Sunday night. I have done this using three key thoughts.
*Missing a personal goal isn’t failing as long as I’ve successfully tried.
*Smaller goals in daily life can be as simple as drinking more water than you did yesterday.
True transformation begins with looking at that line between our own view and theirs.
True transformation shows us our strengths, weaknesses, and willingness to challenge them.