In “Good to Great” Jim Collins makes the argument that one of the key elements for sustainable success is the ability to honestly look the facts in the face and deal with them.
Dealing with the honest truth, he says, is possible because of an important underlying belief that we are resilient enough. Resilient enough to recover and overcome from anything life presents to us.
Very few of us are comfortable enough to do this. It is easier to be in denial, to be selective in our awareness. Easier to shift the blame and stubbornly believe that an external power is the source of our situation.
It is hard to be honest to yourself about yourself and it is uncomfortable to be vulnerable in your own presence.
The times I could muster enough courage to shyly look myself in the eye it felt like I was cutting a piece of myself off myself. The act of honestly accepting the responsibility for myself and my actions (or lack of them) in certain situations in my life made me free and strong. But it sure as hell went down with a lot of gag reflexes.
Now I seem to be standing in front of another mirror. Remembering the uncertainty and dent in my self confidence as well as the powerful liberation and release of inner strength, I tentatively shuffle nearer …