One of the most important things we can do in our work and our life is to trust the process. This is about trusting ourselves, others, and the overall journey, even when things seem difficult or confusing. Patience and trust are essential in business, family, and just about every other aspect of life, but they can be tough to practice, especially when things don’t seem to be going the way we want them to go. Today, we talk about specific ways we can trust the process more effectively and the mindset shift that goes along with accepting (and maybe even welcoming) uncertainty.
[2:47] The four different aspects of trust that are important to remember: trusting ourselves, others, the group, and life.
[6:05] When we step into a new realm of growth, some of our most limiting patterns and beliefs will show up as a protection mechanism. It’s the ego’s way of thinking we are protecting ourselves from the unknown. Instead of accepting the growth mindset, we go into a ‘fixed’ mindset.
[8:56] Being in the vulnerable state of uncertainty also breeds space for creativity and flexibility.
[9:30] Dr. Brené Brown defines vulnerability as risk, emotional exposure, and uncertainty. We all fluctuate in which of those feelings and states feel uncomfortable, which feel exciting, and which make us feel a mixture of both.
[12:08] I share my personal experience of trusting the process while launching my own business and branching out as a speaker and author. Continuing to trust the path led to Richard Carlson, whom I admire and is one of my inspirations, to write the foreword of my book.
[18:29] Inspiration for those of you who are facing or will face rejection for your dreams, and motivation to keep plugging away: my first book proposal was rejected a total of 25 times. The process was arduous and there was no progress forward until I decided I was really ready to write the book, no matter what it took.
[26:43] It’s common for folks to dedicate ourselves to work harder or longer if we want to accomplish something, but many times it’s about patience and trust.
[29:13] It takes a lot of courage and faith to trust the process of your life and your work, no matter what’s unfolding right now.
The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book, by Susan Page