Client: I don’t like my job.
Coach: What are some options to change that?
Client: I’d really like a different one.
Coach: What are some things which you feel are holding you back?
Client: I don’t have a resume.
Coach: How long would it take you to create one?
Client: Hmmm, I don’t know.
Do you feel the fear in this conversation?
Until an idea is put into action, it is just an idea. Is it a good idea? Maybe. How does one know if it will work? Simple. Get to work. The thing about starting anything you haven’t ever tried before is that it can be scary. Maybe you feel your fear in quiet nervousness. Perhaps you deal with your fear by getting busy with all the non-scary options in your life. It’s the routine you’ve created of time consuming habits that justify you not doing what you know in your heart could literally be life changing. Is that too vague? Let me give examples: television, social media, computer anything, housework, shopping, eating…
G.K. Chesterton wrote, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”*
Zig Ziglar adapted it to say, “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly–until you can learn to do it well.”
Take a quick inventory of your life.
Are you happy at home?
Are you happy with your work/career?
Are you happy with your marriage?
Are you happy with your parenting?
Are you happy with your weight?
Are you happy with your schedule?
Are you happy with your social circle?
Look at your answers and if you didn’t answer, (that’s fear) go back and answer. If you said “no” to any of them, perhaps it’s time to brainstorm and get to work. There is no goal more worthy than your personal happiness.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. -Mark Twain
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.-George Eliot
I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that and then I realized I am somebody.-Lily Tomlin
Send me an email if you want to get started with a plan for personal growth and happiness.
Personal note about me: The motive of the amateur is to do something out of love or interest, not for money. My mother is an excellent example of this for I am the youngest of eleven children. She cooked every day. She baked for holidays and unexpected guests. She did laundry several times a week. As day would settle into night, she would settle on the couch often with a hobby. Crocheted Angels, carved wooden flowers, crocheted baby blankets and sweet pop-up clown puppets. There was no Etsy or Craigslist to profit from her work. Money was never her motive although the church craft bazaar profited from her handy work but that donation was also fueled by love. What makes you happy?