Embracing the middle

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How many times have you heard "It's about the journey, not the destination" 

For a long time I heard those words and they went in one ear and out the other. I had a problem, and I needed a SOLUTION. My focus was about getting to the end. Period, end of story. 

Sooner or later, I would think I had found the solution - only to find myself right back with the same original problem. This applies to everything in life - a new business idea, romantic relationships, and your own commitments to yourself. 

You just can't skip the MIDDLE. 

The "Middle" is messy, uncomfortable, makes you sad, angry and makes you want to quit. It brings up doubt, new questions, and doesn't sit well. The thing is, this is where growth happens.

When we embrace the middle and we get cozy with exactly where we're at, we're embracing GRATITUDE for all of it (and we're not just focused on a destination or solution). I've learned that risking looking stupid, taking "too long" to do something, risking failing, risking not being right, settling into the unsettling nature of the growth stage is precisely where the magic happens. 

We're being invited to embrace the chrysalis. That butterfly won't be able to emerge until you dive into the previous stage, and hold yourself high through whatever it brings. This is the way you grow and truly move forward.