Somewhere along the way, we learn to avoid things that are uncomfortable.

“Hey look at this,” we think. “If I just stay here in the middle – away from the sharp edges – then I don’t get too banged up.”

Slowly, our passions and goals cease being about what we want to create or who we dream of becoming. Slowly, our passions and goals become more about how to avoid the edges.

When the edges sneak up on us anyway – as they tend to do – then we find ways to soften them. Conveniently, we live in a world that will jubilantly help us soften the edges.

We distract. We eat. We smoke. We drink a glass (or three) of wine before dinner. We become anti-anxiety, anti-depression, anti-mood. We watch hours of stuff that means nothing to us. We soften the edges.

And you know what?

It kinda works.

In the moment, we seem not to get bumped as hard.

Only problem is that as we lose the edges, we also lose the wisdom that the edges are designed to bring. We lose the intuition that comes from the experience. We lose the discovery of our own boundaries and preferences. And we lose the joy that is a natural result of vulnerability, awareness, and energy.

All of this results in losing our awareness of our life purpose, our passion.

In other words, you can try your level best to stay smack dab in the middle, not bumping into the edges. But one day, it will occur to you that you have avoided so much more in the process. Including your own life.

I am lucky enough to work with some of the most amazing women on the planet. These are women who run their own businesses. They’re creative. They’re entrepreneurial.

They shine. They have big breakthroughs and major victories.

And, of course, they hit edges along the way. (So does their coach!)
In fact, I don’t know a single successful person who doesn’t bump into edges on a regular basis. It is always tempting to think, “If I’m truly living my purpose, should it hurt like this?”

But that’s just that old story we’ve memorized well over the years, trying to keep us safe in the middle of the road, not failing – but never winning either.

If you are reading this, and you know in your heart that you have a big WHY, then welcome and bless your edges. After all, no one succeeds without them.

Author's Bio: 

Christine Kane is the president and founder of Uplevel YOU™, a million-dollar company committed to the success and empowerment of purpose-driven entrepreneurs around the world.

Christine has helped thousands of people uplevel their success, wealth and lives through coaching, in-person retreats and innovative programs, where she teaches high-level cutting-edge authentic marketing and business strategies, as well as transformational techniques to uplevel mindsets and money.

Christine provides upleveling advice, breakthrough techniques and other resources to over 22,000 subscribers via her Uplevel YOU™ eZine and other products at www.christinekane.com