Speak your truth, stay true to yourself, open your heart, allow yourself to give and receive, and don’t lose sight of your mission. —Rose Caiola
What To Do
Write down a list of your convictions—the beliefs and opinions you hold firm to. Make a conscious decision to stay true to your convictions, because they define who you are. At the same time, affirm that you will open yourself to giving and receiving compliments and critiques. Alexander Hamilton once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” It is good, and in fact necessary, to have deep convictions about the things that matter to you. But if you are rigid and one-sided, you cannot learn from others. It’s important to find the balance between an open mind and a steady heart.
Why To Do It
Accessing your inner-self takes courage to go beyond the status quo in ways that are challenging, shocking, and life-altering. Throughout life you can do all the best research, make all the “right” decisions, conscientiously build the most appropriate life—and still discover you’ve somehow gone off track. The more you make choices and take actions that deliberately engage your brain’s process for allowing you to act despite fear, however, the more you develop courage. Then something really exciting happens: You redefine who you are.