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Who Says You Can’t? – How to Create a Fresh Start

I was recently conducting a coaching session with one of my clients. The topic of our conversation was centered on creating a “fresh start” and it went something like this…

Me: “So, tell me this. If you had a magic wand and you could wave it and turn your career into ‘anything’ that you wanted, what would you choose? And before you answer, the only condition is that you are not allowed to set any limits. Anything goes!”

Client: “That’s easy; I would be a professional sports photographer.”

Me: “Well, what is stopping you?”

Client: “Because I don’t have… And, because I can’t… And, because I don’t know…”

Me: “And, what would it take to…?” “How about starting by DOING…?”

Client: “Yeah, I could at least do that!”

In this case, we discovered that my client had this great dream of having a job / life that he was passionate about. The only problem was that to him, this was only a dream. To him, becoming a professional sports photographer was something that only others could do. He was floored when I pointed out to him that the only reason that this was a dream instead of a possible reality was because at some point HE limited his own possibilities.

We then took the next logical step in our coaching conversation and destroyed the obstacle of self-limitation with the powerful question of, “What can you do NOW to move forward?” Together, we set a “Big Picture” goal (Sports Illustrated cover shot) and a few smaller goals (take a few classes, start shooting little league games, purchase a great camera, etc), and then put some achievable actions steps in place to move him forward.

If we try hard enough, we can find a hundred reasons why we “can’t” do something before we’ll find one reason that we CAN do it. When really, all we need is that single most important “can” – Because I CAN do anything that I set my mind to!

So, here are a few questions for you to consider-

• What dream are you depriving yourself of by not allowing it to become a reality?
• Are you willing to allow yourself to work hard to turn that dream into a reality?
• What are the limiting “can’t reasons” that you are using to hold you back?
• What is your true “Big Picture” goal? What are a few smaller goals that you can achieve on your way to fulfilling the “Big Picture” goal?
• What can you do NOW to get started?

I truly encourage you to not only dream big, but DO BIG! I truly believe that we all have what it takes to do great things and turn our dreams into our reality. Go for it!

Who Says You Can’t? – How to Create a Fresh Start

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