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Thomas N. Vail on Overcoming Obstacles

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable – Thomas N. Vail 

Are you being conquered by worries that haven’t been realized yet?

Can you recall worries from the past? Did anything of them ever happen?

What if you divided your worry time in half and spent one half worrying (because habits aren’t changed overnight) and one half working on one small step?

Jane Addams on the Danger of Giving Up Too Soon

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world – Jane Addams 

Some people are held back by fear – fear of failure, fear of success. Addams points out fear can propel us forward: we might instead fear not doing enough, not making a valuable contribution.

This Addams quote also calls on each of us to save the world. Our contribution might be the tipping point. We MUST continue sharing our gifts.

Where are you holding back?

For what dream can you expend an additional push, more inspired effort?

How would you act if you knew your efforts might save the world?

A wrong decision is better than indecision – Tony Soprano

This is a tricky market to look for a job or start a business. The economy is volatile, so employers and customers are fickle. You might put in a lot of work only to lose out on an offer or project. A lot of my clients are hesitant when we start a big push: Will this work out? What if I am going down the wrong path? Movement, however small and in whatever direction, is preferable to doing nothing. A wrong decision is better than indecision.

At the very least, you’ll find out what’s not working or what you don’t like, and you can use that to move in a different direction. You’ll get a sense for what employers or customers think of you, and you can use that feedback to better position yourself. It’s easier to respond to something than to create from scratch.

Pick a company to research. Pick a customer to pitch to. Decisions aren’t forever, so you can always refine and adjust. But at least make one decision to get started.