– By Robyn
I want you to take a moment and read “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” By Portia Nelson. I want you to stop, take your time, and really absorb what it has to say.
Today I was at work and I was talking to someone about how change and growth can happen. We were discussing a good way to monitor it, and this poem came up. Basically I made a decision on a call that in hindsight, may have not have been the best decision. Having said that, at the moment I made the decision, it was the best decision I could have made with the information I had.
Now here is the thing. Once you know there is something different you could have done… Once you know there has been a blind spot removed… What is your next step? What is your natural response? Do you say “It’s not my problem, I did everything right and you are wrong”? Or, do you say “I take accountability, I will learn from it and I’ll never do it again”? Seriously? What do you do? What is your choice? Which chapter are you in the biography?
This can be applied to anything in your life. Whether you are battling anxiety, low self-esteem, self-awareness, depression… the list goes on. The work comes when you need to explore what triggers you to act a certain way and what you need to do to break it. This is a lot of mental work, and possibly (depending on the situation) use of medication to help you make it through the change. But, it is possible to go through every chapter and finally choose the other street.
This is going to be the focus of my next few upcoming blogs. I will be discussing this about my anxiety, and other mental situations I am going through every day. Battling my thoughts… every day. How I got into the situations… how I came out. Where I am in the biography… and where I go from here. My journey has come far, but I still have such a long way to go.