photo by Nina Matthews
Sometimes we can be in two minds when it comes to change.
There is one part of us that wants the change because it knows our life will be better because of it and then there is another part that wants things to stay the same.
My move to Brooklyn is a perfect example. The move has been an exciting adventure that I have been wanting to make for a really long time AND Baltimore was my home for ten years and I left behind many people I love.
When we are of two minds about a goal it can slow us down or even stop us from taking action toward our goals.
(If I am really honest I know that I made the move to New York a year later than I should have because I consistently failed to take the action I needed take to make the move.)
There are times when it is obvious why we are in two minds. We feel almost like we have a cartoon devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, each pulling us in a different direction.
And then there are times when this pull isn’t as obvious. We aren’t taking action towards achieving our goal but we don’t exactly know why.
When my clients can see the action they need to take but simply aren’t taking it I like to ask them the question: “What would you have to give up to achieve this goal?”
The answers given to this question are fascinating. They range from the pragmatic, “I will have to give up some of my free time”, to the philosophical, “I will give up my image as a hard worker because my colleagues will see me as lazy if I start taking more time to rest and take care of myself.”
The next time you are stuck and can’t figure out why you aren’t taking the action you need just ask yourself the question, “What would I have to give up in order to do this successfully?”
Your answers will provide you with some great and possibly surprising information to tap on!
[Are you tired of feeling like you have no power over your own choices and that you keep sabotaging yourself as you try to move toward your goals? Over at the Ruach Center I have 49 reasons just like having to give up something to achieve your goal. There are tools to help you find the root cause of your self-sabotage and tools to knock those root causes out so that you can start taking the action you need.]