Self-Assessment Quiz – True or False:
- I shake sometimes from fear thinking about what to do next in my career.
- I know what I WANT to do.
- I know HOW to get what I want.
I believe I CAN do whatever needs to be done.
One thing I know to be true: There is nothing, NOTHING, worse than wanting something but feeling absolutely hopeless about how to get it. Especially when it comes to your career.
Whether you want to get your first job so you can move out of your Aunt Gertie’s basement, earn six figures, own a franchise, or become president of the United States, the fear of not knowing the “HOW TO” can paralyze you.
So, er, um … how about you don’t start with the “HOW.” Start with “I CAN” instead.
If you took the self-assessment quiz above, and you answered TRUE to question #4, you’re already primed for success. If not, you aren’t ready for change. Yep, you heard me right. Your very first step should be to get your head in the game.
Sound too simple to be true? Think of fear as your paralyzing kryptonite and action as your antidote. Action is the antidote to despair. I learned that a long time ago from my good friend, Lisa Nichols.
The teeny-weeny act of believing in yourself when you can’t, don’t know how to, or won’t do anything else literally gives you the strength to take the next teeny-weeny step. And then the next one. And the next. Get it? You don’t have to figure this all out at once! Lord, help us! If we tried to do that, we’d get NOWHERE really fast. And we’d stay stuck there. Now, January has come and gone, it’s almost December, and you’re still feeling stuck. In the same crappy or invisible job. And not understanding why. It’s because you didn’t believe in yourself, sweetie.
You CAN believe in you. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do so. It’s free and accessible 24/7.
You can do it anytime. Anywhere. As often as you like. Five, six, 600 times a day.
- Just stop.
- Close your eyes.
- Take a deep breath.
- Hold it.
- Think, “I. CAN. DO. THIS.”
- Now do it again. And again. And again.
You don’t even have to know what “this” is. Just taking one small step towards believing in yourself is sometimes all it takes course correct Try it right now. Throughout this week. Then meet me back here next week. Same time. Same place. Don’t forget to bring your I CAN mindset. You’re going to need it. We’ve got work to do.
Cheryl Grace is the sassy aunt, best friend, and mentor you’ve always needed in your life. The successful jet-setting, global corporate executive founded the aspirational lifestyle brand Powerful Penny LLC. Her products, workshops and speeches probe, inspire and empower to ensure those who really want to can get to their next level of best. Her blogs on careers, prosperity, relationships, family, looking and living fabulously, and living a five-star life can be found at www.powerfulpenny.com.