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Do you have a goal you want to accomplish? Many people want to make a change in their job and/or their career, but they are not willing or able to to start down the path. Maybe in this generation of instant success, we imagine that we too, can wish it and make it so. Unfortunately, that doesn’t normally happen.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with where you want to go and all that needs to take place. My best advice is to keep your goal in your mind and heart, while you just focus on the next best step you can do. It’s easy to get discouraged, but just keep moving step after step.

If you reach an obstacle or find you are going down the wrong path, pause, then reevaluate your direction. Many times it may need a different plan. It’s all part of the journey after all. Unfortunately, it takes time—usually more time than we had planned, or want.

But think about where you’ll be in 2 years. Will you be further down the road or stuck in the hole you’re currently in. Momentum and motivation builds as you move forward, but sometimes you have to give yourself a little kick start!

After a cancellation because of snow, my career club launched on March 9th.  But not without one more glitch–my speaker canceled because of a family emergency.   I had to  quickly come up with a presentation–  yikes. I was pleased 18 people attended. Everyone was friendly and participated actively in the session.

I talked individually with those who would wanted to take the next step and sign up for the actual program.  That first official session happened on Tuesday–8 people attended.  It is a great group–lots of interaction, ideas and supporting  each other.

What makes someone decide to make a leap of faith and take action–while others stop at thinking it’s a nice idea–but don’t want to put themselves through extra effort?  Perhaps it’s like most other things in life, success comes to those who make the commitment and take the necessary steps forward.

I thought about becoming a Coach for about ten years–but everytime I did, I dismissed it — saying, “How could I ever do that?” “I don’t have enough confidence/skills etc.” “What do I know about starting my own business?” “How could I support myself?”  I had a different excuse for every day.

Once I got laid off from my human resources position in Corporate America, I knew it was now or never.  I decided to go for it.  The idea of all I still needed to learn was overwhelming, but I hired an experienced Coach to help me–it was a great decision.

Looking back, I definitely under-estimated my abilities.  As I began taking steps, the next steps became clearer and easier.  I learned to look at the road in front of me and not get overwhelmed with what was down the road. And another thing that happened was I became more confident.  “Geez, if I got to here, surely I could get to there.”

That first step was certainly a leap of faith, but it felt like the right thing to do!  The two questions I now ask myself are: “At the end of my life, will I regret not going for it?” “What’s the worst that can happen?”

I utilize my intuition to tell me what to go for.  It hasn’t let me down yet–I never leave home without it!

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