It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. Scott Belsky
Where are you heading: professionally, personally, spiritually? Are you chasing your tail? Running in circles? Stuck in a rut, not getting anywhere fast?
Stop! Take a breath and consider the following five behaviours that might help move you forward.
Stay committed to your ideas but stay flexible in your approach.
Are you nimble and agile; prepared to veer off course, move in different directions and in different ways? Life is like an obstacle course. At times we can mosey along the straight path on other occasions we’ll be required to climb or pull ourselves over the high walls. Sometimes we will have to scramble under low hanging obstacles and get messy and dirty. Of course, it’s not all hard work, all the time, there will be great stretches ahead that allow you to skip, walk or run free. Practice being nimble and agile in your thinking and your approach to life, to reaching your goals and to discovering and fulfilling your purpose.
Creativity takes courage. Henri Matisse
Are you thinking creatively? If we always do things the same way, how can we expect different outcomes? Being open to approaching life in creative ways can get us out of the mire, our stuckness and sameness. Doing things differently opens doors for us and gives us a change of perspective. It brings us into contact with new thoughts, new people, new situations. So, consider a different approach, choose a different attitude, behave differently. Try something new.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. Michael Jordan
Do the heavy lifting. Hoping someone will knock on the door and offer you your dream, hand you your perfect life, job, relationship, sadly isn’t going to happen. It’s up to you to do the heavy lifting to get to where you want to be. Sometimes it’s only a short burst of heavy duty work and at others there will be some serious, consistent strength training required to shape your world. Are you prepared to sweat for your dream?
You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Christopher Columbus
To make real and long term change we must take risks. How can we hope to move, grow, change if we stay safely in our comfort zone? Responsible risk taking, along with agility, creativity and heavy lifting and even independent of these preciously discussed behaviours can move us forward leaps and bounds. Be courageous. Step outside your comfort zone for what you want you’ll be surprised where it will take you.
We rise by lifting others. Robert Ingersoll
Help others. We are not alone. We may all be on different paths but we are all heading somewhere. Help others along the way. Give someone a leg up where needed. Lend a helping hand when and where you can so someone else can move forward on their journey. Be generous with your time, your skills and talents. When we help others, we help ourselves in unknown ways.
Do your current modes of behaviour, your current attitudes and approaches best support your desired outcome? Be it a career change, personal development, spiritual fulfilment, if you are not seeing results consider what you might start doing, stop doing and keep doing to propel you forward.
Are you nimble and agile, creative, doing the heavy lifting, taking responsible risks, helping others?
Food for thought (and action!)