Get Out of Your Own Way!


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Yes, it’s “Words of Wisdom Wednesday” where I literally take a proverb, phrase or quote from the book entitled “8,789 Words of Wisdom” by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Workman Publishing Company, Inc. that resonates with me at the moment and explain the why, what, when or how of it.

Today’s phrase is: Get Out of Your Own Way!


Let me begin by defining what it is we tend to get in our own way of?  Our dreams.  

Now, I would hazard a guess that you may think that I am going to share with you why getting in your own way is a “bad” thing, right?  Or, perhaps I’ll be describing a few key moments in the past when I got in my own way and the lessons learned.  Better yet, I’ll detail some tried and true ideas around how not to get in your own way that will instantly lead you onto your own personal path to successfully fulfilling your dream.  Well, I won’t be doing any of that either, you can probably google it anyway.

It’s true, for the most part, getting in your own way is not a good thing especially if it’s due to a lack of self-confidence or fear of failure, even a fear of success.  However, what if you are getting in your own way because what you have defined as a dream really isn’t all that exciting?  Frankly, for most of us, exciting, big ass dreams are really hard to imagine and define to begin with.   Most of us settle for what we are currently doing, it’s safe, familiar and takes less effort, oh, the problem is this settling sucks the life out of you!

We learn that successful people, such as actors, entrepreneurs, surgeons, scientists or athletes seem to always have a passionate and exciting dream to focus on.   Combined with a great support group, usually parents or a mentor of some kind, they attribute their dream as the key to their success.  However, what if you never had that great gift presented to you?  What if you created dreams that were never yours to begin with? And how about this disappointing and sometimes confusing scenario, what if you reach your dream and you figure out it was the wrong one?

That’s okay, really, carry on, nothing to see here.  Just reflect on the lessons learned, take as long as you need and create another dream.  A dream that is more exciting, more thrilling and even more scarier than public speaking or climbing a ladder or watching Entertainment Tonight!  Take the time, be patient, plan for what you can, take action and love yourself for having the courage to go back to the drawing board and hitting that reset button.  I promise, it will change your life!

As always, please feel free to share, comment or reach out to me directly via my Contact Page, I am always curious to learn and help when I can.

We become what we think about!


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