“The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

It’s been an “interesting” couple of months. I’ve put myself in a couple of situations to intentionally stretch my abilities, and I have learned a lot. I have found some areas where I am better than I thought. It reinforced that I am growing, learning, and improving. Then there are these other areas… Let’s just say the image of a burning phoenix comes to mind. In one instance, I could see it burning and couldn’t do anything to change the trajectory. It hurt. It stung. It still stings. It’s an area for improvement that I identified years ago but did nothing about. Just avoided it or thought it would fix itself, eventually. But it didn’t, and I burned.

But, like the phoenix, I sense that I am rising from the ashes. It has become a call to action. It is a clear stake in the sand that says, “you have to address this.” It has greatly enhanced my clarity. So I am focused, resolved to fix it. And, do you know what? I think I won’t just “fix” the issue. But I think I will master it. My intent is not just to make it something that doesn’t hold me back, but to make it something that propels me forward. I hope that I can remember the hurt, remember the burn so that it motives me to not feel it again, at least, in this area.

So, what about you? What are you avoiding? Where have you failed? Where have you come up short? Are you using it as a reason to quit? Or, are you using it as motivation to emerge even stronger? Be the Phoenix. Use the burn to emerge.

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