Do You Need to Break Through?

December 19th, 2008

Meeting Lille Metropole
Creative Commons License photo credit: fdecomite

Sometimes in life, you get stuck. You get into a rut. You may know it or not, but you will most likely stay there. It’s nice and comfortable and safe there. But it doesn’t change the face that you’re stuck. What’s holding you back? How can you move forward?

We found out many of the answers this week. Today we concluded a week-long breakthrough session in Mom Masterminds with our business mentors, Kelly McCausey and Lynette Chandler, and life coach Aurelia Williams. Every morning this week, we had an hour-long teleconference to discuss various issues that could be getting in the way of growing our businesses. Kelly and Aurelia kept the topics a surprise to us each day so we would not come to the teleconference with our preconceived notions. As a result, our minds and hearts were open and we candidly explored our feelings, attitudes and behavior.

We covered the following topics:

Monday: Breaking Through the Blues

Tuesday: Overcoming Fear of Failure

Wednesday: Overcoming Fear of Success

Thursday: Developing a Decision Habit

Friday: Stretching Your Expectations

I had no expectations at all when I attended the teleconferences. I didn’t even think I needed to “break through”. So I was really surprised by the insights that I gained. At the very least, a decision point has become clear to me, something that had been hanging around the back of my head for some days now.

Here are some of my notes from the breakthrough sessions:

Everybody will fail so … fail fast, fail often – fail forward.

Am I sabotaging myself because of my fear of success?

Put your blinders on (and keep your eye on the prize)!

True forward motion requires a direction. You simply cannot get far going everywhere at once. Have you chosen your direction?

WAHMs don’t have to worry about a glass ceiling, but we do need to watch out for a sticky floor (paraphrased from Wendy Piersall).

Right now I feel torn in four different directions. The breakthrough sessions did not give me the answers on a platter. However, I now know what to consider, what practical tools and techniques to do (such as Kelly’s brain dump and Aurelia’s obstacle analysis) to clearly determine which direction will likely bring me more happiness. And if I’m wrong, I know that it wouldn’t be the end of the world – I would have learned which direction is the wrong one, so there are only 3 more possibilities to go!

I just might take up Kelly’s offer for special breakthrough coaching. You can read more about it here.

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