Fear outside of our comfort zone

I’ve been thinking a lot about being brave and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone this past week.

As I listen to others tell me what holds them back or trips them up as they’re trying to make positive changes in their lives, it’s interesting to observe how the mind can trick us.

We’re feeling fear but it’s disguised as something else.  Which means most of the time, we don’t even realize that it is fear stopping us from making any progress, or creating the changes we want in our lives.

Fear is AMAZING at hiding inside of our feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

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How to know whose advice to take

I’m constantly reading a number of blog posts and print articles about how important it is to create a detailed plan of what you want to accomplish; after all, without a clearly defined plan, you won’t know what you’re striving for.

There’s a quote along this line that I love; “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”, by Lewis Carroll.

The first time I heard that, it resonated deeply with me.  Yes, I’m a huge planner!

But I’ve also read posts about how it’s important to not have such rigid plans and go with the flow; let life take you where it’s supposed to take you, where you’re suppose to be, without interference.

So, what do you do?  Do you plan?  Do you not plan and just go with the flow?

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A year from now…

What was your life like a year ago? 

What were you doing? 

Where were you working? 

Who was in your life?

Were you happy then?

Were you living life the way you wanted to?

Were you faced with making a difficult decision?

Were you feeling stuck in life, not knowing what to do?

What advice would you give your one-year younger self now?

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Sharing a little of my own personal journey

There are a few people who I admire for their character and style as they progress on their journeys, and whose blogs I follow regularly.  They inspire me to become a better version of myself, to have more confidence in myself, and to trust my intuition more.

I believe our lives are a journey, and the goal is to always grow and develop, to become more, each day.

Part of that journey is knowing who we are, knowing ourselves.

But back to the people whose posts I enjoy reading.

When they share something personal about their journey, a glimpse into their lives (not just teaching or sharing what they know), it helps me to understand better, and to relate better. 

I see the learning in action.

So I thought I’d share a bit of my personal journey with you, in the hopes that maybe you’ll relate or maybe be inspired.

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Do you need a February restart?

February is often the month when people lose their motivation when it comes to making those changes they wanted to make, when the hype of the holidays, the new year and new beginnings, and vacation days in the sunny south (if you live in the freezing cold north like I do!!) seem like a distant memory.

What changes did you want to make?

How are they coming along?

This post is in no way meant to guilt you if you’re not on track with your goals, but rather to let you know that if you’re slipping on them or if they’ve fizzled out, it’s completely normal – and it’s possible to get back on track!

Are you interested in knowing how?

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If you could change just one thing

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

At first this seems like a very simple question.  But if you’re like me, before long you’re going to be beating yourself up because there are SO MANY things you want to change!

It’s always a lot easier to think negatively – about ourselves, our lives, or our situations.

But let’s tackle this question positively and with the purpose of changing just one thing, without letting negativity taking over everything.

Let’s get started!

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