The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.
~ Daniel J. Boorstin
I used to be a pretty smart person. I was well-read, had lots of common sense and plenty of ideas about how things should be and how you should be. I could take care of myself and didn’t need anyone else to help me or to advise me, especially when it came to things like self-improvement and life in general. I had everything under control!
I felt so humiliated and ashamed as I walked through the doors of a treatment center. I had allowed myself to fall apart. I had failed. I couldn’t make everything right and fix everyone else by myself. I had committed the terrible sin of falling from the ranks of “perfect” by becoming a severely depressed alcoholic.
While I was there, unpacking myself, something amazing happened – I discovered humility. It was such a relief to realize what it means to be human. I felt a sense of emerging freedom as I watched my arrogance and pride melt away. I was no better than anyone else and felt understood and supported by all of the other beautiful women I met during that incredible time.
I’m still a pretty smart person and I still have lots of common sense and plenty of ideas about how I’d like things to be but today I truly believe I know less. I don’t know what’s right for you or how you should operate your life and sometimes I don’t even know what’s best for me – I actually ask for other people’s help and input. I’ve become very teachable and I love learning. This allows me to always operate from a growth mindset and growth is the essence of a good life.
If you have found yourself at discovery’s doorstep, let’s talk about working together. Individual coaching might be exactly what you need to change your life.
Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.
~ Dick Van Dyke