How to honor who you are while exploring who you can become

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How do you simultaneously believe “you’re good enough as you are” and pursue personal improvement goals?

Because you’re curious, that’s how.

As human beings we want to know, to play and explore. The flavor of curiosity a person has may lead them to climb the next mountain or try a new crochet pattern.

Everyone along the continuum of curiosity is growing because they’re doing something new. New brings further confirmation of your existing paradigm, tweaks it to allow for expansion and sometimes tears it down.

You aren’t a coward if you don’t take the bigger risks.

You may find the secrets to your happiness in planting a garden. You may find it in hiking a new trail.

Journaling your thoughts may give you powerful insight into the human condition (e.g. Anne Frank), whether you share those thoughts openly is up to you.

When you follow your natural curiosity in pursuit of answers to the questions that excite you, it gives you the opportunity to show up differently. Not better necessarily, just different.

Interesting things may come about from your experiments. Things you’d like to keep doing. These little things can signal to others its okay to take risks, try new things and embrace the process (the good, the bad and the ugly).

Sharing your experiments and the lessons they’ve revealed can change lives.

So can enjoying working in your garden and showing up with that joy when you encounter another human being.

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