Complacency will not lead us where we want to go. It is necessary to stretch to reach the upper shelves of life.
—Calm App Reflection
Image from Unsplash by Kelly Sikkema
Whether it’s their favorite toy, a snack, or a TV remote, placing items out of reach of our grandkids is no longer working so well. Our 22-month-old granddaughter and 5-year-old grandson have discovered all sorts of climbing strategies to reach the upper shelves mom and dad prefer to remain unexplored.
Our little ones are clearly stretching and reaching beyond previous limitations. Although we admire their initiative and creativity to reach new heights, we need to be ever more vigilant in our efforts to protect them from the downsides of gravity.
Where in your world are you currently stretching to reach the upper shelves of your life? Where have you become complacent in your world, accepting what is being offered within arm’s reach?
“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
—Karle Wilson Baker, 20th Century American Poet
Image from Flickr by Dickson Phua
In the plant world, trees are among the most remarkable living creatures. In addition to being some of the largest and oldest living things, they have the ability to defy gravity. They reach toward the sky to absorb the sun’s energy, using it to make their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
I believe today’s quote points us to those tall, stand-out people within our personal or professional communities. These are the individuals we most admire and see as leaders who inspire us to stretch for our own greatest heights.
How and in what ways can you grow and stand even taller by walking with and associating with others who are stretching skyward toward the canopy of life?
“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”
—Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt Shepard, 20th Century American Heiress
Photo from Flickr by Common Ground Adventures
Helping high-integrity, growth oriented individuals pursue and realize their vision of life excellence is my passion.
This special coaching partnership with each individual includes many aspects, which can be summarized in a three step process, which I call a “Pivot.”
- Assessing the client’s current situation, including emotions, feelings, and of course, objective evidence of what is and isn’t working.
- Determining their preferred view of the future – where they wish to be at some point down the road – professionally and personally.
- Exploring, choosing, and taking committed actions to move from their current reality toward their vision.
If you happen to not be progressing sufficiently toward your desired goals, or if you perhaps feel stopped entirely, take the leap to secure a coach or other supportive individual. Find someone who can help you “pivot” to continually and faithfully leap each and every day toward the life you deeply desire.
“If you know what to do to reach your goal, it’s not a big enough goal.”
– Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker
Do you find yourself thinking a goal you’ve set is just too far beyond your reach or capabilities?
Today’s quote suggests that we must strive toward the goals we think are too big, too far away, too hard to realize, even when we are not certain how to reach them. Everything else is just “playing it safe.”
Review your list of current goals. Is there enough “stretch” in them to truly support the achievement and personal growth you desire? If you find your list a bit lacking, consider working with a coach, mentor, or committed colleague to go a bit bigger.