Do you remember reading or being told the story of the Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson?
I was reminded of this story when I was speaking with a couple of my clients recently. Below is the full story for you.
Why was I reminded of this childhood fable as I listened to my clients? Well, they were both focusing on the small thing that was not perfect in their lives. They were being too sensitive.
Instead of focusing on what they want and celebrating their gifts, they were searching for the one small thing that was not going well and they put all their energy towards that one small thing.
They were overly sensitive to one small thing and I wasn’t hearing about all that they were celebrating.
Now, I’m not saying that you can’t be sensitive. For me, and many of my clients, this is the part of us that helps us to connect easily with others and make a difference in the world.
I am saying that it’s important to continuously believe in your strengths, your wisdom and your genius and when you become aware of a belief that isn’t serving you, change it. Learn from it. Then take action towards your goals.
Allowing yourself to stop and focus on that one small thing that isn’t serving you will not make you a success in your life or business.
The Princess & The Pea
By Hans Christian Anderson
Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.
One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.
It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess.
“Well, we’ll soon find that out,” thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.
On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept.
“Oh, very badly!” said she. “I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible!”
Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds.
Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.
So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.
There, that is a true story.
So, in your life and your business, be the real princess and believe in yourself for your success. Focus on what you want. Be sensitive and learn from it. Make sure that you celebrate your strengths every single day.
If you’d like to know more about how to turn your sensitivity into your strengths, set up a Clarity Session with me.