Why a Punch in the Face Can Be a Good Thing / by Chel Wolverton

My forest dream is still a dream...
My forest dream is still a dream...

You’ve freed yourself. You are discovering what exactly you want and knocking down the obstacles that stand in your way. You’re feeling the good vibes of and working hard to attain a sense of accomplishment. Wonderful achievements are epic. However, depending on how you handle the headiness of achievement, you'll need some ground support to make sure you stay grounded in reality.

Puncture your ego balloon.

If you’ve just started on your own journey or even if you’ve been on your path for a while, you can probably think of people in your life or things that that keep you centered or otherwise bring you a moment of sanity. Mine include martial arts, meditation, running and talking to my family and friends. And sometimes even a little World of Warcraft goes a long way.

Find people you can count on to tell you that you are wrong.

You will also need people willing to get in your face and tell you when you’re stepping over the line into something that’s unhealthy. If you start walking down the wrong path or paying attention to the wrong things, they will speak up without fear. Family and close, trusted friends are good candidates.

Not gatekeepers but certainly someone who is willing to stand up to you when you’re absolutely wrong. Ideally that person is also someone who will see your point of view and give a little when the situation calls for it. Someone you can give permission to punch you in the face, if necessary. When the shiny overtakes common sense, the last thing you want to do is get lost in your own ego.

Sometimes we stray a little bit, we pick up bad habits, or we simply make bad choices. If we have someone in our lives that is willing to put a foot down and say, "You're heading down a dark path, brother.". With a reminder to stay on a path that gives us the rewards we’re looking for eventually but without costs too high to pay.

This post originally appeared on myescapevelocity.com.