Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear – George Addair
If you are longing for something, whether it’s a different career, a new relationship, improved fitness, more money…there is fear standing in your way, otherwise you would have achieved it.
Maybe you’re working towards it, which is great, but you need to make a push or try a different strategy. Extending yourself might trigger fear. Trying something new might trigger fear. Or you might fear admitting that your efforts aren’t working.
Where are you stuck in achieving a goal?
How might fear be holding you back?
Take a quiet moment and visualize yourself making a push or trying something new. Don’t even try to change your behavior yet – just visualize. Picture yourself in your new behavior or strategy till it seems more familiar and less scary. Then give it a try.
Great things are only possible with outrageous requests – Thea Alexander
A VP in a big bureaucratic corporate job lands the top job at a start-up. Oh, and he chose among 3 offers in 2 months.
A financial services executive plotting spinning her wheels for 2 years finally identifies and makes her career change (to K-12 education) in a few months.
A small business owner uproots her year-old firm to move thousands of miles away and manages to grow her business and land a magazine feature in her first year away.
Outrageous, yet, true. These are all real-life examples of clients I’ve worked with who made outrageous requests of themselves and their dreams and reaped the benefits.
What outrageous request will you make?
Having money doesn’t make you rich. Having options makes you rich – Chris Rock
I love this reminder about the importance of options, especially in today’s economy. For many people, salary from a career or business is the largest asset, and the market volatility indicates a steady paycheck is not at all guaranteed. Therefore the asset isn’t the paycheck; it’s in your ability to work, your valuable skills and expertise, your supportive network. To get rich, nurture your employability — your options.
What one thing have you done towards your overall career, not the current job you have now?
When was the last time you connected with a colleague outside of your day-to-day work or regular circle of friends?
Do you know what is trending in your line of work and your industry?
Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else – Tennessee Williams
In 2012, I produced my first short film and I saw it on the big screen earlier this year. Who knew?
What voyage will you begin (or continue)?
If you’re afraid it’s too big, too hard, or too risky, how can you make it more manageable?
If you don’t know your next step, who is that one person you admire for getting things done? Can you coopt him or her to help you get started?
Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else – Sir James Barrie
We all can’t run away to Fiji, but we can enjoy more of what we do.
Are you spending more time on what you think you should be doing, rather than what you want?
Can you delegate more or aim for good enough instead of perfect, and turn your attention to the activities that bring you joy?
Do you keep a running list of things you enjoy and actually build these into your schedule so your time isn’t frittered away by busy work?
What is the “something else” you can bring more of into your everyday work?
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them — Dr. Denis Waitley
Wow, I think this quote was written for Cynical Me.
Do you fixate on how stuck things are, or do you try to find solutions?
Are you complaining more than doing?
Which choice will you make today: to remain where you are; or to pour everything you’ve got into making your dreams com true?