Many of my clients are starting new things this fall – part-time schedules, new jobs, new career possibilities, new projects at work, leading workshops for the first time, or founding big community service events.
And when you’re embarking on something new, those needling voices can creep in. You know the ones. We all have them:
“You’re out of your league.” “You’re not qualified.” “You don’t know what you’re doing.” “Who are you to be doing that great thing?”
There’s good news! You’ll never get rid of them entirely (not the good news), andyou can learn to use those voices to your advantage and keep them from derailing your success. (There’s the good news!)
Here’s the strategy:
- Listen to them. What? I’m a rebel. All my instincts say fight!
Think of those voices like a puppy that wants your attention and isn’t going to stop jumping until she gets it. Once you listen, the voices will curl up in their dog bed and go to sleep. Dropping your resistance will free a ton of your energy, too. Bonus!
- Find the 2% truth.
Consider that 2% of what those voices are saying is true. For example: My clients are doing new things, and when you’re new, you don’t always know what you’re doing. That’s a truth you can easily own.
- Uncover what’s important to you.
Those voices appear because something’s important to you. Put your focus on the important thing. For example: When you’re in a new role, you want to do a good job. It’s important to you to show up, learn, be open, and show that you’ve got the chops.
See how this works? Three easy steps to get back on track with your exciting new thing!
Bring it, Fall. We’re ready for whatever new things you’ve got!
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