My boyfriend loves Marvel movies, so last month we went to see Spider-Man: Homecoming together.
(Random side note: The first movie I saw at the cinemas with my boyfriend, before he was actually my boyfriend was Iron Man 2 — and ever since then I’ve seen every Marvel movie that’s come out with him.)
What I loved most about the movie was that it reminded me of something really important. But first, if you haven’t seen the movie yet and you want to, I recommend tucking this email away and then coming back to it after you’ve seen it (because: spoilers!).
But if you’re wondering why I’m talking about a Spider-Man movie, read on…The movie starts with a recap of the epic adventure Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) has just been on where he got to team up with Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) and fight alongside (and against) the Avengers.
He then has to go back to his usual everyday life as a fifteen year old high school student and after school hours: the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. He goes back to stopping petty crimes and helping old ladies with directions and is feeling really disillusioned about what he’s doing.
After playing in the big leagues with the Avengers he finds it difficult to be go back to just being the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. At one point he says, “I just think I could be doing more.” (Can you relate?)
He wants to prove himself. He wants to be more than your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man — he wants to be an Avenger and save the world.
But Tony Stark doesn’t think he’s ready to save the world (yet!) and wants him to focus on being a fifteen year old and helping in his own neighbourhood, “Stay close to the ground and build up your game helping the little people, like that lady who bought you the churro.”
Peter Parker struggles to accept where he is at right now, because he is so caught up on wanting to do more and proving that he’s ready to save the world and be an Avenger.
What ends up happening to Peter Parker is that he realises that where he is now — going to high school and being the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man — is where he is meant to be.
He ends up turning down an offer to become apart of the Avengers to stay in school, build up his game by being the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and make his own way.
Have you ever felt dissatisfied about where you are right now, because you desperately want to be doing more? Sometimes when we have big dreams and big goals for our lives, where we are right now can feel small and insignificant — and so very far away.
Peter Parker made a decision to embrace where he was right now (being at high school and being a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man), even if it ultimately isn’t where he wanted to be (being an Avenger and saving the world).
This movie was a great reminder for me that in order to get to where we want to go (and to achieve our “big” dreams) we need to embrace where we are… Even if it’s far away from where we eventually want to be.
It reminded me of the importance of embracing the journey to getting to where you want to go. To make the most of where you are right now, wherever that may be. To focus on what you can do right now, so that you can get to where you want to go and do more.
So my question for you today is this:
How can you embrace where you are right now to help you get to where you want to go?
Consider how you can “build up your game” with where you are at the moment — knowing that it will ultimately help you get to where you want to go.
If embracing where you are right now is something you struggle with, or if you feel disheartened by how far away you are from where you want to be, here’s a few things that might be useful for you today:
1. I’ve written a blog post on this exact topic with 8 ways to help you feel okay with where you are right now — while still working towards what you want. You can read the post here if you can access some free worksheets to help you put the post into action (and an entire library of resources by entering your details at the end of this post). I often get told, “This is exactly what I needed to hear!” when people read this article. I hope you find it useful.
2. Embracing and making the most of where you are right now, while actually taking empowered action towards what you want is something that I work on with my clients all the time. Because even though working towards where you want to be is important, I believe in feeling good about where you are now as you work towards more (and your big dreams!). So if you think you’d benefit from this kind of approach, here’s everything you need to know about my 1:1 coaching options. If you’d like to explore working with me in this way hit reply to this email and we can get to together for a virtual chat 🙂
3. This concept (being okay with where you are now — while still moving towards what you want) is something I’m really passionate about, which is why it’s going to be a big part of the mini group coaching experience I’ll be facilitating soon. I’m really excited about this and I want to give you the heads up that places are going to be incredibly limited as I want to keep the group super small for the first ever intake, so if you want to be the first to find out more information about this experience and what I’m offering you can join the interest list here (and you’ll also get first dibs on the limited spaces!).
I hope that you can find a way to feel good about where you are now — and also keep working towards your big goals. Because I know that if you keep showing up and taking empowered action — you will get there!
You have got this.
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