Nike’s “Just Do It!” campaign can apply to so much more then just buying sneakers. It can be a major lesson on life and taking action.
Taking action can feel like one of the most terrifying things to do at times. But what happens if we don’t? There are so many possibilities. We don’t allow ourselves to grow. We self-sabotage. In so many ways, we let life pass us bye. FYI, it doesn’t really pass us bye.
Sabotaging ourselves doesn’t feel like that in the moment. We’re afraid to take that step. We’re not sure. What will life look like on the other side? It could make you different from your friends and/or family. Whatever it may be could be stopping you from stepping into something you’ve dreamed of.
I know we’re still amid a pandemic and we aren’t supposed to leave our homes. But what I’m talking about doesn’t necessarily require you to leave your home. There are still ways you can act. Action doesn’t have to mean an accomplishment of a major goal but could be small steps towards reaching a major goal.
Over the course of the last year, I have taken small steps to big goals. I have been working on my empowerment coaching certification. One call at a time. I’m almost done! But as I reach the finish line, that fear can creep back in. What does it mean once I’m finished? I don’t know the answer to that yet. But so that I accomplish this, I have set small goals to finish my written examination. It is an exam of 40 questions, 20 about the course and 20 about 3 of my calls. I said that I’m going to work on it an hour per day. I looked back through my notes and started piecing together the responses to the first 20 questions. Then I drafted my responses. This part I’ve now completed. Next, go back and listen to my 3 calls. Listen to one call per day and draft my responses as I go. I plan on submitting the exam on April 30. Some days I haven’t done anything, and you know what? That’s ok! I’m making progress. I started at the beginning of April. I gave myself plenty of time with the expectation that I might not want to work on it some days. I told people about my deadline to hold myself accountable. You’re part of that team as I near the finish line! I broke my goal into small manageable pieces. These are the same steps I took when starting my business. I’ve found this process works for me. Maybe it doesn’t work for you. That’s ok too! It’s about finishing a way forward to something you might not have done.
You might have started but not finished. I have a lot of those too! Someday I will check them off and find a way to complete them. But one thing at a time. I can always go back and work on them. First, pick a goal and work through the fears that are going to creep in. They always do. It’s how we know we’re on the right track. Second, break it down into small steps. Third, come up with a deadline. Fourth, tell someone. Fifth, just do it.
What’s your goal? How are your fears holding you back? What can you do to move forward? Let me know. Do you want to know more about what I do? Click here to book a discovery session or an appointment.