Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Who Is Standing in my Way?

Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves."- Robert Frost

Who is standing in your way?

Imagine someone regularly tying small weights around your ankles as you try to climb a mountain. Doesn't sound fair, does it? But that's exactly what you can do to yourself, a little bit at a time, if you don't watch out. When you think of who and what is standing in the way of your dreams, it's easy to forget your own responsibility. Even the best of us can be guilty of unknowingly hurting our own progress. Procrastination, lateness, being disorganized, pessimism, not being honest with yourself, severe self-criticism, downplaying achievements, focusing only on weaknesses while ignoring strengths, keeping goals a secret, demanding perfection, giving up after a small setback--these are all ways you can make it tough to be (and do) your best. Smart systems, the right attitude, and a promise to keep going no matter what will make a world of difference.

The above image reminds me of an expression my friend Jersey and I often use, back from the days spent posting at a certain homemaking site: "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."

Same thing with removing myself as a roadblock, just gotta do it one step at a time. Old habits are hard to break, but it can be done once I get out of my own damned way.

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