Starting something new can be intimidating. I’m in the same boat with you as I start this new endeavor of the PouchPlan. I am excited about communicating the principals and procedures that I have seen change lives of people I care about for 20 years. But at the same time it is a daunting task to take a program that we have only taught in person and fashion it in a format which can be understood and used through media. I’ve actually put it off for years!
Seems to me the main obstacle to trying something new is overcoming fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of poor results, fear of ridicule… the list can go on forever and stop you cold in your tracks. So how do we move past fear and into action? I’m going to remind myself, and share with you, of the tips and techniques I have found most effective to move me off the couch of complacency.
- Visualize your future. See, feel, taste, and hear what it will be like once you accomplish your task.
- Recall your Victories. Very powerful for overcoming negative clouds of thought.
- Make a list of potential results, both good and bad. Is the worst outcome one from which you can recover? Use the best results for visualization in #1.
- Follow others who have already blazed the path. Two positives from this one. You gain both confidence in noting other’s success and a roadmap for guidance.
- Share openly with another. When you double the size of a pipe, you quadruple what can go through it. Same with brains.
- Last, but not least, Pray. Write it down. Celebrate and humbly give thanks when answered. You’ll be amazed.
Ok, that’s it for today. I’ve got to get back to writing the PouchPlan book. I’ve promised it out in the Fall of 2106!