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Career Coaching If I Had It To Do Over Again-On The Entrepreneurial Journey Part 2

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the things I’d do differently if I had it to do all over again. Here is the next installment of what will no doubt be an ongoing series.

Redo #3: I wouldn’t get so down about being down.

Let’s face it. There will be times when we’re up, and there will be times when we’re down. I had one of those ‘down’ days yesterday. Nothing earth-shattering or crisis-like. It was little stuff, like . . .

  • I had finished a wonderful fiction book, but then felt sad to say goodbye to my characters and get back to the tasks at hand. (I know, this sounds really wimpy of me!!)
  • I’d eaten too much over Thanksgiving and my pants were tight. (I bet I’m not alone!)
  • I didn’t get my exercise in, so felt even more sluggish.
  • I’d looked at the dollars needed to meet all the December payrolls and thought ‘yikes.’
  • I couldn’t think of who to invite for The Academies’ January Thought Leader Forum, and it’s supposed to be announced in today’s newsletter. :/
  • I didn’t know what to write about for today’s blog post.

Again, nothing significant, but combined, it was enough to push my buttons. And then I beat myself up with thoughts of “you’re going to gain back all that weight you lost” or “Christmas is a terrible time to try to sell anything that isn’t going under the tree…you’re not going to have enough.”

Anybody relate?

Today, I’m feeling better, although not much is drastically different. The subtle changes:

  • I did get my exercise in this morning and that helped oxygenate my brain. :)
  • I gave myself permission to NOT YET know who the January Thought Leader Forum guest will be (anybody have a suggestion!?!).
  • I wrote a blog post about what’s REALLY going on in my life, figuring it’s authentic and some of you might relate!
  • Lyndsey, bless her heart, sent me (unsolicited) some great ideas for December promotions.
  • I guess the main thing that’s different is that I’m thinking differently.

So bottom line: Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not having a super-duper day! When you take the ‘monkey-in-your-mind’ (the Saboteur, the Accuser, or whatever your name for that voice inside your head) out of the equation, it’s a much different scenario.

The freedom from that guilt and condemnation does two important things:

  1. It opens up space to see/hear the possibilities and experience optimism/hope . . . and with it,
  2. The energy and courage to take the right action.

What are your insights? And, regardless of your up or down status, how will YOU take the right action today?!

In support of your significance and success,

Susan

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3 Responses to “Career Coaching If I Had It To Do Over Again-On The Entrepreneurial Journey Part 2”

  1. loved your blog post this morning. Perfect for this “in between” holidays time right now. I was thinking many of the same things. Thanks for your insights.

  2. Susan Whitcomb says:

    Thanks, Kit. Great insight on the “in between” holidays… or “in between” lots of things, the more I think on it. :)

  3. Eileen Davis says:

    Susan, I thoroughly relate to the tug that happens when you have to leave behind fictional characters when you finish a book. These “people” take up real estate in my mind…sometimes I feel as though I’m living life on multiple levels, only one of which is visible to others. Thanks for an interesting blog post!

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