Let me start by sharing a short personal story.
Last Friday, I arrived at my 9:30 am yoga class and two ladies came up to me while I was in line for the washroom and said "Can I just ask, how are you here? Don't you work? We were just wondering how young people like you are able to make it to weekday classes in the morning."
I told them that I run my own business and Friday's are flexible for me. I explained that I had spent the entire previous night working so that I could make it to this morning's class.
Despite my response, I think they thought I was entitled. One of the ladies even made a remark, “we used to run our own business too…but you know, we had to work really hard and be somewhere all the time.” She then quickly corrected herself, “Not saying you don’t work hard or anything!”
When I entered the washroom and had a moment alone, I took a good look in the mirror. Should I be offended? I’ve never had someone say such a thing to me before! But then I realised something…
Since I graduated university and started my career, the one thing I’ve always wanted was a flexible schedule and lifestyle. I think that’s one of the main reasons I’ve always struggled working for someone else, because everything always had to be on their schedule (rightfully so!).
But in this moment, it was like the universe sent me these two women to mirror back to me that I was actually living the life that I set out to create, one where I can attend a 9:30 a.m. yoga class if I want.
Just like that, I realised that my external reality was mirroring back my inner aspirations. Strangers saw me as a young girl who gets to live a flexible lifestyle running her own business. Now that, felt good.
When I came out of the washroom, one of the ladies apologised for being "intrusive" but I immediately shook my head and stopped her. I had a big smile on my face as I told her that this is one of the greatest compliments someone could give me! I further explained that freedom and flexibility are two of my highest values and I’ve wanted these two things for so long, so it was nice to hear such a comment!
So, what’s the number one sign that you’re on the right track?
When your external reality (other people) start recognising you as the person you want to be.
But the truth is, to get to this point, A LOT of hard work goes in (for example, it’s Sunday night at 9:56 p.m. as I’m sitting here writing this post. I could easily be watching T.V. or painting my nails or doing something a little more relaxing!). But why work so hard? Because I made a commitment to myself years ago that I would be someone who gets to say they’re living their dream. To me having flexibility and freedom is - in big part - THE dream!
So, I leave you with this to consider: are you doing everything you can today to make sure that you get to say the same?
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