Inside each of us is a hero, and a heroic story, trying to escape. But many of us are trapped by a gravity that keeps us earthbound.
Steven Pressfield calls it Resistance. Seth Godin calls it the Lizard Brain. I call it Gravity.
As a kid—and even into adulthood—I’ve had vivid dreams of flying. There was nothing better than the feeling of leaving the ground, soaring over treetops and telephone wires, hurtling across fallow fields, banking and looping around buildings.
In my dreams, the enemy of flight was gravity. That heaviness, that weight, that pulled me down and kept me from breaking free.
As an adult, I found the same thing happening with my life, and my adult dreams. Only this time the gravity was a set of thoughts and emotions and beliefs that kept me from dreaming big and achieving big.
Sometimes it was fear. Fear of crashing and burning. Fear of humiliation. Fear of judgment.
Sometimes it was conditioning. Like my well-meaning parents telling me to get a good, respectable, stable job (engineering would do), and give up the fancies of being a writer.
Sometimes it was setbacks. The death of my father. The rejection of my first novel. Divorce.
Sometimes it was my own decisions. Following the money instead of my heart.
It’s taken me twenty years or more to learn how to fight against those demons of gravity. And I’m still learning. Some days I do really well. Others, I succumb to the deep pull of that darkness.
Perhaps you, like me, are struggling with gravity in your own life. You may call it something different, but you know it when you stare it in the face.
I think our purpose in this life is to learn what we can to overcome our own personal gravity, and use those lessons, and our stories, to help others do the same. That’s why I’m here. I want to help you embrace the hero I know is inside of you, and help you rewrite the stories that are limiting you and keeping you from realizing your God-given purpose on the planet.
And for those of you who’ve already found your purpose and are fighting the good fight every day, I hope this is a place where you can come and share your triumphs and your struggles, and what you’ve learned along the way.