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Intro by Skip Cohen
To many of us aren’t living our dreams because we’re living our fears.
In 2009 I decided to head out on my own. I gave up the security of working for another company and started my own business. I remember having a conversation with Sheila, before making the change. We weren’t married yet but had been dating for a long time. She asked, “What are you afraid of?” There was absolutely no hesitation as I replied, “Failing!”
This post from Suzette Allen’s archives hit home for me. Fear of change, of going out on my own had left me living vicariously through all of you as entrepreneurs for years. I could talk a good game back then, but couldn’t walk the talk.
As I look back on my decision to leave Rangefinder Publishing and WPPI it really was about Suzette’s point of letting everything flow. Once I let go of my fear of change it was only a matter of time until I started to cherish my freedom to work on any project I wanted.
But there was one condition Sheila helped me accept. There is no such thing as failing, and the word itself was excluded from our vocabulary. That didn’t mean things always work out the right way, or we’re never be disappointed or hurt. It only means that failure is nothing more than a speed-bump reminding us, we made a mistake and might need to readjust whatever we’re working on.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
By Suzette Allen
The Reservoir is full. The ideas and strategies are all stored up. The wisdom and inspiration and instruction we need has been acquired. When we look at the dilemma of the present day, the solutions we need are already stored up in our reservoir.
We gather, we learn, we imagine, we dream, we read, search, soak, acquire what is vital and applicable over time until we are full. And if it sits too long, we become stagnant and it all feels so old and stale and irrelevant…so we go out searching and learning and seeking information again. It’s a cycle that repeats itself if we are not careful.
The truth is, we HAVE what we need to go forward. We possess what we need to succeed. We KNOW what we need to do. It’s all mixed up in a sea of gathered information, though, so it seems diluted and perhaps irrelevant.
So here is the strategy: All we need to do is open the floodgates a little and let it pour. Take action on one little thing, and as the water goes through the spill gates, it gathers momentum and purpose and power! It becomes a powerful force that can accomplish so much! It literally CREATES power!
Think of Hoover Dam. The powerhouse that it is, and the power it generates, created just by pouring out the water, starting with just one gallon. That’s exactly what we need to do.
Start pouring out the ideas and strategies that come up first. Just pick what comes to the top—or dig deep to find one that stirs you…either way!
And, as you pour the ideas will flow, creating momentum and power to accomplish what is needed. Pour it out. Take action – even if it is just looking at the latch on the spill gate today. Visualize it; See yourself opening up and letting it flow. Don’t let fear stop you. Try it and see.
The water WILL be there and as you start taking action steps, it will become a powerful surge that you won’t want to stop!
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