Ordinarily I like to highlight the successes and breakthroughs of my amazing clients in my newsletters. It’s a great place to showcase their wins, celebrations and accomplishments! This time, I thought I would share with you a personal experience and breakthrough I had recently.
Over the past two years I’ve been making big shifts in my business model. Where I had primarily focused on coaching and my 1×1 interactions with my clients, I’ve since added speaking, both live and via teleseminars, and writing. While the speaking part, much to my surprise, was energizing and exciting and seemed to flow and grow naturally, the writing process has been quite the opposite.
Excruciating comes to mind.
With that mindset, you can imagine the creativity I’ve experienced and how much writing I’ve gotten done these past months. Not!
Knowing enough about human behavior to know that I was getting in my own way, I was determined to make a shift on my perspective toward writing and turn it around. I wanted to approach my writing like I did my clients, with a sense of flow, excitement, energy, and possibility..
The shift came when I asked myself a simple question. Well, let me first say that although the question was simple, it came about in a coaching session with my amazing coach! The question: How can I let this be easy?
Often when we try something new, stretch outside our comfort zone, or make a big change, our Gremlins (or Saboteurs), as I like to call them, come rushing out in full force to tell us all the reasons why we will certainly fail and most definitely be judged (Ikes!). Is it any wonder why it’s easier to stay stuck rather than risk venturing out and taking a chance?
For me it sounded like this: “What if I say the wrong thing?” “What if people don’t like what I have to say?” “What if I offend someone?” “What if I’m judged?” Again, any wonder it was excruciating to write?
Here’s what I’ve heard from my clients:
“What will people think?”
“If I ask for help people will think I’m weak.”
“I don’t have a degree.”
“I’m not creative enough.”
“That’s just the way it is.”
“No one wants to hear what I have to say.”
And the list could go on and on.
We all have negative voices to one degree or another in our head. And, as a result of listening to these voices there’s a tendency for us to stay and play small, when what we really yearn for is to live bigger and fuller lives.
You don’t have to stay or play small. You can make a shift.
For me the shift was, How can I make this easy With that one simple question came a shift in perspective, and I was able to look at myself, my writing, and my message with softer eyes and definitely a softer heart. When I connect to easy, there is flow, creativity and to my complete amazement, fun! Yes, I said it, writing can be fun!
So, where are you struggling?
**What area of your life have you been neglecting out of fear of playing bigger?
**What are your thoughts about that situation? (In other words, what is your Gremlin telling you that you are buying into?)
**What one thing could you do to make it easy?
Oh, and one last thing. If you’re interested in learning more about Gremlins and how they can highjack your success and peace of mind, visit http://www.encompass-coaching.com/products/ and download your free copy of Ten Ways to Manage Your Gremlin.
Have an amazing week and enjoy your learnings!
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