It’s the end of January after more snow and cold temperatures. How are your commitments holding up? What progress have you made on your action goals? More importantly, have you taken a long look in your own mirror and committed to change the person staring back?
For me, I can honestly say I have but it hasn’t been easy. It’s not easy identifying our shortfalls, acknowledging the self-defeating habits we still have, or confessing the failures of our past. As I did all three of these, an analogy I learned years ago came to mind. Committing to personal change, especially if it involves starting a business, is like beginning a one-way journey. As you prepare for your hypothetical journey, you have to put everything into one of two suitcases. However, you can only take one suitcase with you. You must leave the other one behind forever. This not only includes your material things but your dreams, attitudes, relationships, and everything else that is part of you. What are you going to pack in the one you’re taking with you? More importantly, what do you need to leave behind? Who do you need to leave behind?
I read a book many years ago that was titled “You Can’t Steal Second With Your Foot On First”. I don’t recall much about the book but the title stuck with me. In other words, what are you afraid to let go of that is holding you back from accomplishing your dreams? It’s the fear of losing what we have that stops so many people from taking the first step toward everything they dream of! I have begun the arduous task of identifying those things in my life and I encourage you to do the same.
Something else I heard a long time ago is that we are the sum of the things we learn, the people we associate with, and how we spend our spare time. As you evaluate what things in your life need to be left behind, be thinking about like-minded people you need to associate with. Be thinking about what new habits you need to establish to wipe out the old ones. Becoming a part of a WAM! group is a good place to get both! Don’t let the fear of letting go of the mediocre life you’re living keep you from getting the life of your dreams! I committed to take this journey with you. I have begun the process. If you want to learn more about how to begin, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll schedule a time to talk. I’ll be glad to share my progress. Everything we discuss remains confidential and there is no obligation. Don’t wait for another month, quarter, or year to pass holding on to things or people that no longer serve you while your dreams continue to tarnish! Let me help you pack your suitcase!