What’s Holding You Back?
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Now it’s time to look forward to the New Year. Some of us have identified our 2014 goals while others are a still thinking about them.
The million dollar question is, do we believe that they are attainable? Or are we just going through another ritual? If the latter, maybe it is time to think about what is getting in the way.
When it is time to make a change we know it because it is not a very comfortable place to be. Every fiber of our being tells us that it’s time to move on but we convince our self why we should stay. We do this because we are meeting a basic human need – the need for CERTAINTY (aka safety). However, another need is at play here, that is, we all have a need to GROW. That is, the need to do and be better. Like any living organism, if we don’t grow, we will die – figuratively or in some instances literally.
However, in order to grow, we need to take some risk and this is where the problem comes in. We fear the unknown. But as Neale Donald Welsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Let’s talk a little about your risk tolerance – a term that is associated with investing. Risk tolerance is an investor’s ability to handle declines in his/her investment. So what is your risk tolerance as it pertains to making change in your life? This could be a decision to make look for a new job, start a business, leave a relationship, etc. Let’s face it, any change we decide to make is an investment in our future. So it all comes down to choices. What can you, as an individual, live with? What level of risk are you willing to take to live the life you desire and deserve?
But remember, things don’t have to be all or nothing. It is okay to take baby steps towards implementing the change we want in our life. Each small step we take minimize the amount of risk. What do I mean? If you are unhappy in your job, the first step towards getting another may not be to look for another one immediately but to explore if it’s a good job match for you, given your interest, skills and abilities. Your unhappiness maybe due to you not utilizing our God-given talents and skills.
Therefore, the first phase could be looking at what you like about what you do and as important, what you don’t like. Include the actual task associated with the job, the work environment, relationship with your supervisor and colleagues, does the position give you an opportunity to be creative, something that you highly values, and so forth. This exploration could be very helpful as regards to gaining insight and increasing your self-awareness.
I am sharing all of this to encourage you as we enter a new year to think differently. Take a risk, move forth into your greatness!
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