what is holding you back?

I want to do work that matters.

I have big dreams and big plans….. and even a pretty solid idea of the little steps to make those big ones come true.

But, clearly …. I haven’t *quite* reached that success point.

There’s something that is holding my back….. At this point, my suspicions are my day job is what is keeping me from doing more. Between driving+work+lunch hour it takes up at least 50 hours per week of my time. But it’s not completely terrible, so I’m having a hard time walking away from it.

This is something I am constantly working on.

What is holding you back? ….  Maybe it is :

Time –
You have big plans but not the hours in the day to implement them? Your day job takes up too much time, or you are fully committed to being a stay-at-home mom and those kids simply won’t feed themselves.
Either way, most major endeavors require time to accomplish them.
Are there pasttimes and activities that you can let go of while you focus on your GREAT WORK?
Maybe cancel your cable, or sleep 1 less hour each night?
SOME time SOMEWHERE in your schedule needs to be carved out if you want to move forward.

Fear –
You have the time, you know what you need to do …. but what if you do it wrong? What if you fail? What if people judge you or what if you end up wasting your time on something that you don’t really love?
All valid questions.
And all need to be IGNORED if you are going to move forward.
These may all be valid concerns …. but worrying about it isn’t going to help anyone and it will only hold you back.

Indecision –
You know you want to do big things – but do you know what those are yet? Maybe you love both sewing AND photography? Maybe you feel yourself called to be a writer but truly love your corporate-America Human Resources job?
It might be a good idea to take the time to experiment. Take some time off of one interest and really focus on the other.
Maybe ask friends and family what they think you are most skilled and talented at.
Greatness requires extreme focus.
This is a lesson I’ve had to learn over and over and over again. There’s a reason I have an Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees in 2 different subjects – neither of which I am really practicing at the moment.

Self-confidence
You know what you want to do, you know HOW to go about doing it, and you even have the time to take the steps. But maybe you don’t believe you’re really good enough. Maybe you don’t think that YOU are the best person for the job.
Rubbish.
I believe in you.
Call your #1 cheerleader and talk through it with her. Maybe it’s your mom. Maybe it’s your boyfriend. The people in your life who LOVE you absolutely support you and can walk you through that self-doubt.

What is holding you back from accomplishing great things?

What can you do about it?

Make sure you’re on the mailing list for first details about Onward and Upward and future registrations. Onward and Upward is my online workshop on moving past obstacles, getting out of your rut and taking things to the next level.
We’re going to look at our passion, our great work, our steps to make it happen.
I’ve been dreaming about this class for almost a year…. I can’t wait to share it with you.

xo

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