Agapi literally means "Love" and when you meet our Agapi, she radiates love, joy, peace and a reminder to all of who we really are. I summons my inner Agapi when I need help - because Agapi is strong, she is kind, she is wise and she is generous with her energy - she is the type of soul you want to help. So when I need help, I image that I am Agapi and suddenly - the world responds.
We asked Agapi to contribute to Wo/anderland and she (of course) said yes...
So we selected this piece from her "Wake up to the joy of you" blog as it sums up the reminder of who we are, the inner Agapi we can all summons to get the help we need and shine our inner wonder and wanderer with the upmost joy.
Steve & Sarah, Wonder & Wonder
Wake up to the joy of you
A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
-William G.T. Shedd
A mistake we all make is that we want to feel confident before we embark on something. However, confidence is a by-product of taking action and finding the courage to go beyond our fears and self-doubts. There is a scene in the movie Chariots of Fire (which I highly recommend you see), where the English runner Eric Lidell is running in an Olympic race. As he runs, he asks himself, “Where does the power come from, to see the race to its end?” He then hears his inner voice respond, “From within.”
Confidence is an outcome of connecting to that inner power, combined with taking action. You’ve got to step out, risk your pride, and risk not knowing the outcome. The reward is finding your confidence. You don’t know what you’re made of until you take the plunge. Life tested me by giving me experiences that didn’t at all match my expectations. But I also learned that I always had a choice. I could either collapse and give up on myself or pick myself up by my bootstraps, break through my fears and find my confidence on the other side.
Confidence is discovered beyond your comfort zones. When you break through the fear of failure and realize that it’s part of the process, you will discover that you can conquer almost anything if you keep going. Always be bold and mighty forces will come your way!
Here are some tips for finding your confidence:
Get back to connecting with your inner power:
Reach within and grab hold of your core. Reach outwards and ask for help. Find people who believe in you and are your cheerleaders – even one will do!
Move into radical self-acceptance:
Appreciate every little thing about you, reinforce the positive and refrain from focusing on anything negative. Write down a list of all your positive attributes and make it as long as you can.
Don’t wait to be perfect before you take action:
Don’t second-guess it! Remember, your willingness to do gives you the ability to do. Take microsteps daily and always remember that there is no such thing as failure. Everything is a step towards your success.
Keep your heart present in your daily life:
That is the secret sauce to your confidence and will let you abstain from passing judgement on your process. You are bound to succeed because in your blueprint you have the codes to your success. Don’t sabotage it!
Reach out and boost someone else’s confidence:
That’s the quickest way to finding yours!