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Does that sound familiar?

2014-06-01 10:00 (comments: 0)

“I have so many dreams, but somehow I always find a reason, why it is not the right time or why I don’t have enough time right now, or another excuse.”

Does that sound familiar? We are our own worst saboteurs!

It really is amazing, how we wouldn’t allow anyone to talk to us in the same way our own voice in our head does. We wouldn’t let anybody hinder us from doing what is important to us, like we hinder ourselves.

How do we outsmart our “built in saboteur”? - We change our point of view - our options!

Instead of deciding YES or NO, we choose THIS WAY or THAT WAY.

The goal of one of my clients to get back into shape was to run or to swim for one hour, three times a week. There was always a reason why it wasn’t the right time to start, as there never was enough time - “work is more important!”. As soon as we decided on plan B, to power walk or to ride a bike for just 10 minutes on very busy days, she could choose what was suitable that day. The decision changed from doing or not doing, to which of the two training options fits best in the day? Well, it turned out that on days when she choose 10 minutes, she often still went for a whole hour and was so energized that she managed to get more done than she had planned.

Another example taken from my own life: I was always dreaming about spending a whole week of silence alone in our cabin in the Austrian mountains. The cabin is up high without TV, telephone, electricity or other distractions. As I am a very communicative, extroverted person, this would be quite a challenge - one week with no one else around, no conversations, with only me! Well, I have been chewing on this idea for a long time but so far have not made it happen. After a good conversation with another coach I changed my plans and in July I went to the cabin with my family for two weeks and then I added on two days alone. I recognized that one week was just too long for me and the thought of it too uncomfortable to start out with. Now I only had to be alone for two days! I was really excited about this and to enjoy the experience. 

So the second point is:
Instead of dreaming of a BIG GOAL that you’re never going to achieve, choose a SMALLER GOAL and go for it!

How about taking a moment and thinking about your dreams that you never pursued! What would be your plan B to get you started? How could you make it “smaller” to make it happen?

 If you have any success stories related to what you read here, I would love to hear from you! 



It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

Corita Kent

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.

Barbara Kingsolver

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