Ever wonder why good things aren’t coming to you? I mean, you are a good person; you live a worthy life; you are kind and nice to others. Why is it that it seems things are not ‘going your way’?
Are you doing what you have always done? Like Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, are you waiting on a log, quietly watching the world and wondering why you cannot capture and savor the honey?
I was like Winnie and Piglet. I would sit in my office, writing my articles, reading books from famous people, watching other’s success. I held good thoughts and had brilliant ideas of what would inspire others. I studied all the newest fads and signed up for various webinars. One of my favorite movie lines is from The Field of Dreams:If you build it, they will come. Well, heck! I had built my business – that is why I took all the classes, I passed all the tests, I printed my marketing material, I have a web-site. For goodness sake! What more did I need to do? Why didn’t they come?
I see this thought-process in my clients. They have prepared to become successful entrepreneurs or they have the education and are ready to become leaders or perhaps they are parents and wondering why they are overwhelmed and the children are not a accommodating as they ‘should be’.
Here is what I have learned.
I may be ready and waiting, but waiting is not what will get me to where I want to be! It is like taking a trip. I can have my bags packed and have done all the research on the destination. I have saved and prepared. I am so looking forward to the experience and the new things I will see and do. The problem is this – – until I get into the car or on the plane or board the ship…I’m going nowhere! All the planning and saving and preparing will be for naught if I don’t get up and go! And sometimes, that physical step and movement to them is what takes the most courage, energy and determination.
Why? Because it can be scary out there! As Pooh might say: The forest can be a scary place; I don’t know what is out there!
This is when all the ‘what if’s’ start to chatter! What if I’m not good enough? What if they don’t like me? What if I fail? What if I can’t do it? What if…
Here is a question for you – – What if you stay on the log and wait? How has that been working for you?
Sometimes, we have to take that scary step forward. Yes, we may fall; yes, we may fail; yes, we may be successful – oh my! Then what! Then, we savor the sweet taste of honey! Until we take that step, that action and until we have the courage to risk possible failure – well, until then, we can never experience success!
So, don’t be a bump (or Pooh or Piglet) on a log! Let’s do this! Here we go….