“The Waiting Place … for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.” —Dr. Seuss
Many of us spend a lot of time waiting in the back of the line. It starts when we’re kids, and sometimes continues throughout our wholes lives! However, you have a choice: You can start today, right now, and move to the front of the line.
What is stopping you from being in the front? It’s time to give yourself permission to move to the front of the line.
Let me tell you about something I noticed this week. I spent an afternoon at my son’s Halloween carnival. At the carnival there were games set up, and after you played thegame you would receive a piece of candy.
Before I knew it, my son was in line, except he wasn’t at the back of the line. He was inthe front. “Hmmm,” I thought to myself, “That line moves really quickly.” I watched him dribble the soccer ball around the tin cans and receive his bon-bon (candy.) Then I saw Dominic get back in line, not the back of the line, the first part of the line!
My first instinct was to tell him to go to the back and wait like the other children, but I chose to pay closer attention to what was going on. He had a conversation with the child in front of him and the child in back of him and they had both agreed to let Dominic in theline. I watched his charisma, his insight and his confidence as he believed that is where he should be in the line.
Now what was really interesting was watching the children who were in the back of theline, waiting and waiting and not interested too much in the game at all. This continued throughout the day, watching my son from line to line, so light and certain that he wanted to fully participate as much as possible. For him it felt right to be in the front of the lineand not wait.
I am not suggesting that anyone push, fight or battle their way to the front of the line. However, I am suggesting you don’t unnecessarily wait at the back.
I want you to evaluate your own behavior when it comes to life and your ability to ask for what you want. When we were little kids, many of us were taught to be patient and wait our turns. However, now that we’re grown up, many of us still find ourselves waiting. Waiting for someone else to give us permission, waiting until we inherit the money, waiting until the kids are gone, waiting until…
Ask yourself the following and gift yourself permission to move to the front of the line in YOUR OWN LIFE.
- When was the last time I asked for something that I was afraid to ask for?
- When was the last time I received something I really wanted?
- What do I feel I need to always wait for?
- What piece of me feels I do not deserve to be at the front of the line? Is it that I feel someone else deserves it more?
- What 1 thing can I ask for/do this week that will move me to the front of the linein my OWN life.
If you ever feel it is selfish to be at the front, I want you to know your Indie requires it from you. In order for you to truly BE who you are meant to be you need to put yourself out there, take risks and move to the front of the line without waiting for permission. If you find yourself waiting, it is time to stop and move to the front of the line today. Your Indie will thank you.