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Archive for September 2017

Moving Forward

When you want to quit, take a break, slow down, recharge, then start again. Move forward slowly, an inch at a time if you have to, but keep moving forward knowing that there will come a point where you conquer your challenge.

You see, if you give the universe permission, it will give you every possible excuse to lose faith in yourself and quit. Once you quit on yourself, you might as well quit everything else.

The cycling story I wrote about yesterday is just a metaphor. Perseverance like that has nothing to do with cycling, and really, nothing to do with the task at hand that is giving you so much trouble.

Those moments of great self-doubt are profound test points that determine your own strength or fortitude. They determine whether you want to achieve your goals – or not. You have to assume that things never go as planned and obstacles will arise to make your challenge harder to achieve. Know that, so you can expect and accept the torture of temporary setbacks and failures. Then get back up on your bike and move on.

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Fawn Germer is the best-selling author of four books and speaks to corporations and organizations about courages and creative leadership strategies.

Just Ten Minutes

I travel a lot for my speaking business and the thing I hate most is coming home to a dining room table covered with stacks of mail. I just can’t deal with it, and so I leave it. Then the pile grows. And grows.

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There came a point where there was not a single inch of space available on that table. One morning, I lamented this to a friend who told me, “Just set your timer and give it ten minutes of straightening time. You can do the same thing tomorrow. But, you only have to do it for ten minutes.” Well, that didn’t seem so bad, so I told myself I would do it.

I kept putting it off. Noon came and went, two o’clock, four o’clock, and finally I said to myself, “This is ridiculous. It’s only ten minutes.” So, I set the clock, and focused on that table. Ten minutes later, I realized I was almost finished clearing that table. It only would take another five minutes, which I gladly did. Suddenly, that table was 100 percent clear of clutter.

It is exactly the same when trying to clear the clutter you have stacked up in your brain. Even if the outcome is peace of mind, inner strength and outright joy, the idea of changing your entire thought pattern, perceptions and attitudes sounds like work.

You don’t have to change everything today.

You don’t have to go into some twenty-three hour Zen zone of affirmation, affirmation, affirmation to reprogram every negative thing about you.

Just give it ten minutes.

Just start.

The single parent I mentioned yesterday did go back to school and is a nurse today. It was a long, arduous challenge, but she did it one step at a time.