The burning question in my mind after reading the book Who Moved My Cheese?, is: what's in your current way of thinking/doing that needs to move out of the way? I've been feeling like I am in my own way lately, so the timing of this read was impeccable. This book references messages relating to work. However, these principles can be applied to any setting, whether it's relationships, career, or family life. I'm almost certain some internal dialogue is about to happen for you as a result of this blog ...
Face Your Fears
Easier said than done, right? It's actually an incredibly freeing feeling when you let go of what scares the shit out of you. Letting go is hard, but it's essential for growth and improvement. This applies to any and all areas of life. The best part is the sooner you let go of old things (habits, ways, thoughts, whatever you determine "things" are), the more quickly you can learn new skills. This change in belief can change what you do. The future is only as bright as you believe it can be. And, fear is a liar.
Make a Wish, Take a Chance, Make a Change
Some associate change in a negative way. I've found that although it's uncomfortable, change is absolutely necessary for success. Accomplishments can be any size, shape, form, experience, conversation, and show up in a variety of ways. There's no limit to your happiness, aside from the parameters you define. And, that's where we get stuck. Smack dab in the middle of our own expectations. What would happen if we let go of those and just allowed the feelings of victory to be felt? The highs, lows, ups, downs, ins, outs, and upside downs of what life brings us. One of my favorite quotes from Ghandi is, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." It reminds me of the true power one has. It's in all of us, waiting to be tapped into. Waiting to be unlocked. Change is where transformation l lies. It's where the magic begins.
Action > Words
The single most important step to move in a new direction is to take action. Sometimes, this involves doing things you enjoy. But most often, it consists of doing things that you flat out dread. I know I find myself putting off these terrifying tasks, not giving any attention or time to them because they're hard, uncomfortable, and scary. Taking action is supposed to do all of that; it leads to discovery. I've found that it's not actually the doing of the action of these things, it's the anticipation leading up to taking the step. The emotions, self-doubt, anxiety, all of those uneasy feelings that creep in and prevent us from moving forward. That's where the fear is. So instead of getting caught up in not doing anything, do something. Because something is always better than nothing or staying the same.
Grow, Baby, Grow
Even when things are good, keep growing and exploring. Why? Because life demands opportunity and adventure. If you're willing to live this way, the things on the other side of fear are surprising, exciting, and worth the risk. If we try to create change for others, it never turns out well. Because it's our idea for them, not their idea for themselves. If we constantly look for security, we're destroyed by it. When we stop looking and start doing (taking action) we unfold newness. Once I started embracing my messiness in its glory, I became aware of the growth I was experiencing.
Read Like Your Future Depends on It
I used to chuckle that I wasn't a reader. These days, my book list is consumed with children's literature. Ironically, the messages in these stories are short, sweet, and to the point. As a parent, I'm always encouraging my kiddos to find time to read every day. I see social media posts on the daily from inspiring leaders with quotes, images, and nuggets from recent reads. It wasn't until a few months ago that I made a change and decided I wanted to read more. Instead of wishing I was a reader, I became one. It's crazy how we find time to do things that matter. I've been focusing on personal development, and the impact it's creating in me (and those I spend a lot of time with - you know who you are) is phenomenal. All because I got out of my own way, embraced fear, and took action.
You are the creator of your future. What information are you taking in to allow yours to be everything you deserve and more?
I’m a doer and a mover. As an Inbound Marketing Lead at Leighton Interactive, I apply marketing strategies for our clients and ask a ton of questions. This means I help with some of the production of work that gets done on behalf of our clients: think content calendars, reporting, and other inbound marketing practices. As a lead, I focus on the big picture, connect the dots, and work to initiate change. When I’m not at work, I enjoy being a mom, going to the gym, and spending time with my family. Things I love: coffee, anything and everything coconut, traditions, and the honesty of kiddos.