There are many things that hold us back as human beings and as professionals- some are economically based, while others are intrinsic. The truth remains that we cannot control the economy, but we can control ourselves.
The most common internal hindrance for professionals today is fear- fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of being in the public eye, and all sorts of other debilitating things. Yet, most of these fears are not rooted in fact. Most of our fears can be chocked up to “False Evidence Appearing Real”. (Like thinking that speaking in front of a crowd will ACTUALLY give you a heart attack. That’s a fear, not a fact!) Don’t be fooled by fear, and don’t be hindered by poor practices just because you’re “overwhelmed” by its effects.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed you’re likely to be distracted and to begin procrastinating on simple, straightforward tasks. Excuses prevail and nothing gets accomplished. Perhaps it’s time to take a lesson from others.
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. People all around us wake up everyday with impairments that make their daily lives more challenging than our own. They battle health issues, wrestle with depression, and overcome physical handicaps and yet still they choose to make a positive contribution to their families and to society. Isn’t it time we stopped to examine how their “no excuses” approach could benefit us all?
Monday Morning Perspective
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller
Instead of feeling overwhelmed and sliding into a path of destructive behavior that will prevent you from ever moving forward, I suggest that you go back to the basics.
Arrive at your goals by setting 2-3 manageable tasks for yourself each day. Approach their accomplishment with the same gusto and determination as you would an appointment with a client or a long-standing family commitment. Don’t allow yourself to make excuses, and celebrate the small victory you feel when all of the tasks are completed each day.
Getting back on track usually requires locating the nearest railway- so create your plan and stick to it. Eventually, your accomplishments will so far outweigh your challenges that you’ll forget they were ever an issue.
Have a wonderfully productive week!
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