Last week I could physically feel overwhelm creeping in, as I looked at my to-do list and wondered, "How on earth am I going to get it all done?”
Feeling run down, exhausted and like everything is a bit too much is actually quite frightening. It was hard making decisions. It took forever to write simple emails. My mind went into overdrive, the noise and chatter waking me up at night. Was I was cut out for running my own business, should I get a job instead? What if nobody comes to my next workshop? What if it goes wrong? What if my business fails? What then? How was I going to pay my bills? I simply couldn’t see how things could work or a way out.
After the long summer break, the kids are back to school next week. Are you ready to jump back into work and make the most of the last four months of the year to get you where you want to be?
The women I work with know I'm a big fan of 90-day action planning. Whether you're looking to discover a new career direction, make a smooth return to work after maternity leave, or start your own business, having a concrete plan in place will give you the focus and motivation to accomplish what you set out to achieve.
There are only eight weeks to go until the end of the year, but there's no need to panic! It's not over until it's over and there's still plenty of time to hit your most important career or business goals.
Here are my top tips to help keep you motivated and on track:
1. I Can And I will. Watch me! Believing that you are capable of achieving the goals you have set for yourself may be the single most important thing you can do when setting out to achieve your goals. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?
2. Remind yourself of the reasons why you want to achieve your goals. Knowing this will allow you to put your all into every step you take.
Like you, I fear a few things.
I fear being a 39-year-old stay-at-home dad while my buddies talk about stock options, mortgages and pension plans.
I fear returning to an office job because being a stay-at-home dad has been such great experience that I think I’d just stare at the walls and miss my kids.
I fear the place we’ll be posted next will be a war-torn hellhole and my days will be divided into making dinners and digging bomb shelters.
I fear I’ll never write that book.
I fear it’ll suck if I do.
I fear environmental collapse, the reduction of the honey bee population, that my ball team will never win, and that I’m going to suffer some rare brain disease and end up chasing my neighbour’s cat around the yard thinking it’s Winston Churchill.
And that’s just Monday.
If you’re finding it difficult to take the first step to starting your own business, or embarking on a new career, you’re certainly not alone.
However much we want to introduce change into our lives, fears and doubts can stop us in our tracks. We pay attention to the voices in our head that can try to sabotage any move we make towards trying something new. We tell ourselves “I don’t have enough money”. “It’s too big a risk”. “I don’t have the right skills and knowledge”. “Now is not the right time”. “My children will suffer”.
Over time, these thoughts become our reality, and we find ourselves stuck in the same place wondering why we haven’t made any progress.
He wasn’t a business guru but Dr. Seuss sure knew a bit about motivation, as demonstrated in one of his most prolific (and sadly last) works “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
The story focuses on you, the reader and the trials and tribulations you may come across on your way to moving your own personal mountain. It teaches us that motivation from within is the only thing that can keep us going through the challenges we may face on our journey to following our dream, beginning with:
Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!