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Life Makeover for the Year 2014

Week 16 – Why uncertainty needs to become your new best friend.

April 13, 2014

Greetings!

On May 16th and 17th, Reid Tracy and I will be hosting our annual coaching intensive called The Next Step in Boston, MA. The first day is for authors/speakers and the second is for business owners.  During these events, we spend all day with twelve people who are ready to expand the audience for their work and are in need of strategic advice and direction.

If you’d like a fresh perspective, experienced guidance, a supportive professional community, and great resources that could help elevate your success, visit my schedule page for a link to more details for each group.  You’ll find it here.

 

Have a great week!

Love,

Cheryl

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Topic of the Week

Why uncertainty needs to become
your new best friend.

Something’s up.  Change is in the air.

I can feel myself being pulled toward a new shore but I’m not quite sure what the destination looks like.

All I know is there’s a growing tug toward new horizons and it feels both exciting and nerve-racking.

And from what I can tell, I’m not alone.  It seems like every conversation I have with people lately – friends, colleagues, even people at the grocery store – has to do with major change.

Reshaping.
Reordering.
Transformation.
Evolution.

Relationships are ending.  People are moving.  Jobs are shifting.

Rugs being yanked out from under safe and familiar places.

That’s right.  I’m not talking about little changes.  I’m talking about big, wide, all encompassing ones.

I’ve been here before – the “zone of in-between,” the region where the old no longer holds my interest but the new is far enough out of sight to make me question my choices.

That’s when keeping a journal is a godsend because I can go back for previous instructions about what to do when traveling in unchartered waters.

Here’s a letter I wrote to myself for those times when I needed encouragement and comfort.

Just in case you need it, too .

 

Dear Lovely,

Take a deep breath.  Big change is on the way.

It’s all good even though it may not feel that way right now.  

Remember what happens when change starts brewing…

  • You become cat-like curious about new worlds.  
  • You have an intuitive sense that something wonderful is on its way but you mostly feel nervous.  
  • The more nervous you feel, the more the things you’ve outgrown become attractive again.  
  • You catch yourself hanging onto what’s familiar.  
  • The anxious, fearful voices in your head get louder.  
  • You question yourself – your thinking, your motives, and your decision-making ability.  
  • You feel a growing sense of excitement and relief in knowing that you’re about to set yourself free from an outdated prison.

But the relief and excitement are not strong enough yet.

So you teeter on the edge between what you know for sure and what you secretly desire. 

Stay there!

Ride the edge of uncertainty for a while.  

Become cozy and comfortable with doubt.  

Fall in love with ambiguity and chance.  

The edge is a place where trailblazers live – brave men and women who are incapable of settling for less.

Even though they try.  

Don’t shortcut the process.

Otherwise you end up with good instead of great.

Be patient.  Stay on the edge long enough for the next, important stage of your life to unfold. 

And unfold it will.  It always does. 

You just need to remember to Trust Life.

Be willing to sit in the darkness waiting for something solid and true and soulful to reach out and grab you.

And then the next adventure will begin.  

I have your back every step of the way.

Love,

Your Wise Self

 

Take Action Challenge

I came across this video while searching for one about being brave during times of change.  It has nothing to do with that topic.  Or everything.  You decide.  You can watch it here.

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