The Secret of Change is to BecomeThe Captain of Your Ship. by Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell

As I write this article, I am planning major changes in my daily habits to “step it up”. 

Being in the same routine for quite a few months has made me too comfortable with a hint of complacent. When we become too contented with our daily duties, our sparkiness tends to get sluggish, and we become “stuck in the rut” of our robotic pattern.

It’s time to Push the Restart Button!

Change Is Inevitable! Right now…as my fingers click these words on my laptop, I am declaring freedom from my routine.  I’m fed up with mediocracy!  I’m standing up to set my Passion-On-Fire like never before…and I know I’m not the only one feeling this way. I’m talking about ALL Of IT: my physical and mental wellness, business growth, personal and family relationships, and especially my attitude. 

Even John Maxwell knew about this when he quoted, “Change is inevitable… growth is optional. To grow you must see the value in yourself to add value to yourself and others. You must know yourself to grow yourself, and it is hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow.”

The same pattern occurs repeatedly, as when I start working towards my goals with a burst of energy and great enthusiasm, it will be only a matter of a few weeks, and I will start slipping to the sidelines (again) to make sure that everyone else is taken care of first. (I learned that responsibility when I was a single mom for fifteen years, with four children, without outside financial help and without any family around). 

Slipping in the Sidelines is and has always been my excuse for not having to own up to my goals and dreams. It’s easy to blame everyone and everything else, because in truth…I AM SCARED TO DEATH THAT I MIGHT MAKE IT.  Crazy thought, isn’t it?  Don’t get me wrong, I have achieved many goals in my life, despite the negativity around, (it’s common for anyone going against the normal current to attract the naysayers), but the ones I really want to achieve now, are going past anything I have ever done before, and I am terrified!  Questions inside arise such as, “What if I fail?”, “What if I get laughed at when I fail?”, “What if ….What if…”, and the cycle repeats.

Question: Do you ever feel this way? Do you stop your achievement trek with excuses on purpose, so you don’t fail…one more time?  YES…I have had unexpected turns from my hard work, and have done it over and over again, which results in more fear of the next big one.

When Winston Churchill quoted, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”, he summed up the top magic ingredient as COURAGE. 

When Henry Ford stated, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”, he was telling us that the “SMART ONES PRACTICE FAILING FIRST….then they’ll get it right.  My thoughts after reading those, are, “I’m definitely not alone…this process has been done for hundreds of years…and just like them, I am working towards my G.O.A.T. degree “GREATEST OF ALL TIME”.

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Christine Campbell
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