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Where life happens…REACH

When we’re faced with a high shelf, we REACH from our tiptoes with outstretched fingers. Why? We realize lifted heels and extended arms give us a few extra inches (or more — depending on the size of your feet and the strength of your willPower practice!)

The same holds true when we REACH for other “lofty places”. This is where our willPower comes into play. We can access places normally out of REACH…into places that are within our REACH.

While we understand conceptually that to mobilize ourselves to these lofty places literally or figuratively, we must REACH, knowing so and doing so are two different things. To actually REACH, we must tune out the naysayers…especially the ones in our head. Herein lies the challenge of this Word of the Week.

The inward cry, “I’m not ready yet!” plagues even the most confident and prepared as s/he heads into the boardroom, onto stage, up to the starting line, or any other symbolic portal of entry or exit. When the temptation is to hide under the covers in fear, hesitation, or feelings of unworthiness, REACH we must.

Being ready is merely a state of mind when we have put in our time preparing, practicing, and training. Some say if you’re ready, you’re too late. I say, you’re ready when you decide you’re ready. No thing or no one else matters. You truly get to choose your experience by the way you decide to feel in the experience.

If you want to feel radiant, feel radiant. If you want to feel less-than perfect, go ahead and feel less-than perfect.

To think otherwise is to think too narrowly. This happens when we surrender to the ego. The ego mind is incredibly destructive especially at the final stages of our preparation, practice, and training. It lures us into fear, comparison, and other acts of self-defeat. Looking from the perspective of our higher self, we do not see winning and losing as our fate, our karma, or a reckless roll of the dice, we see learning, loving, and the thrill of life when we REACH.

The REACH is, in fact, where life happens. Never miss out on an opportunity to REACH. To assuage the naysayers, consider the following:

1. Looking back at your life… would you regret or be proud of yourself for doing this?
2. Are you hurting anyone…in pursuing this? Conversely, are you, in fact, helping others be brave in their own lives?
3. Who do you admire? Does it make you think differently knowing they share the same fears and anxiety when it comes to reaching for something big?
4. What is the value in completion? Do you learn the most in the practice field or the playing field?
5. What are you actually afraid of? Are these realistic or worthwhile concerns?

What is your life worth if you never dare to REACH? Need more convincing? Read Out through your fingertips…REACH.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.