Before launching into your idea or desire willy-nilly, take a breath and notice where you are. “The grass is not always greener…”, as I recently heard someone say, “It still needs to be mowed!”

When a rocket ship is launched or a gymnast jumps up onto the balance beam, the thing that most helps them get to where they’re going is the foundation they are launching or jumping from…the launch pad or platform. This platform provides them with a firm foundation, without which, they simply would not be able to get to their intended goal. It’s simple physics: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. That is what provides the impetus to get things moving.

The same principle applies in life and business. For this very reason, when we are trying to launch something new, the first thing we need to consider is our foundation. Is it strong enough to support this launch?

In 2012, I found myself living in Houston with my mom, back in the house I grew up in. My business was failing. I wanted to be anywhere except Houston, and basically felt like I should be much further along at the age of 47. I knew something needed to change, but I had no idea where to start, or what to do. I decided to take the advice of one of my favorite authors, SARK – who stated “Bloom where you’re planted.” Therefore, much as I hated to do that, (since that was NOT where I wanted to be planted), I did it. What that looked like was appreciation for where I was. I began to be truly grateful (see Key 6) for anything and everything I could think of in my present state.

This act shifted me enough to be able to build a strong enough foundation to lift off from, in order to make the change I wanted to make. The next part of this Key was to “Know Myself” better. Having gotten into the energy of blooming where I was, I could see all the resources I had at my disposal much better. I looked first at the “external” resources such as money, assets, other people.

Then, I made a list of the “internal” resources such as my values, skills and experience.
Arguably, the most important thing in life is to know yourself. The Ancient Greek aphorism “Know Thyself”, was inscribed in the forecourt of the famous Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where it was believed that humans connected with the gods.

I believe this idea can open up your awareness. When your awareness awakens to your true nature, it also opens up myriad possibilities in the world.

Take a moment now to take stock of your life and truly know your platform.

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