So what opportunities await you that you would rather not have as possibilities?
… the telephone call that you need to make, but dread?
… a time and energy commitment that would probably result in growth, but take a while?
… a direction not yet explored, but which tugs at the edges of your heart and mind?
… a decision that closes some doors, but opens others?
When you begin to think about potential positive outcomes, and not negative possibilities, you are better equipped to actually move forward to take advantage of what possibilities exist. You only need do the following three things:
MUTE YOUR INTERNAL “WORRY” SYSTEM:
Most of our procrastination, indecision, and just plain stalling stems from some internal tape which keeps us in a state of anxiety about possible negative outcomes. These tapes are often based more on our fearful thinking than any objective or reality-based factors.
Identify what is real and should be considered in the steps below, and let the rest go. After all, worrying about a thing all by itself has literally NO effect on the possibility of that thing happening most of the time.
ANALYZE, DECIDE, PLAN, REPEAT:
Yeah, I know this is three rather large things with an action command at the end, but the reality is that we do all three as a single thing most of the time, without having distinct boundaries as we move from one phase to another.
Anyway, these should be ongoing activities …
JUST DO IT:
Launching is a separate action from the three mentioned above, although they are all obviously linked. Once you reduce or remove your internal brakes, and then identify and prepare to take advantage of the opportunities that you see, the most important single step is to act.
This also is a repeating phase …
This is easy to write out, using general terms, and without getting into the messy details that go with our human efforts to engage in change. This is not something most people can do by themselves. If we could change signficantly, but easily and without help, we would all be doing it.
Find a mentor, a trusted colleague, or a trained coach to help you develop goals, structure, and accountability.
WHAT GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES ARE YOU BUSY AVOIDING?
Planning my own next moves in the Heartland ….