Question: Three frogs are sitting on a water-lily leaf. Two decide to jump. How many are left?
Answer: Three. It's not enough simply to decide to jump; you've actually got to do it!
This may be an old riddle, but it's a good reminder that thinking or dreaming about doing something isn't enough – you've got to get into action as well.
After what has seemed like a very long winter, the days are at last becoming longer and a little warmer, the natural world is getting on with its cycle of growth and activity, and this Tip is all about shaking off the heavy mantle of winter and starting to grow by taking action.
Is there anything that you've been thinking about doing – or a dream or goal that may have lain dormant over winter? Do you now feel ready to jump off the lily pad and into the pond? Are you ready to make a big splash? If so, ask yourself, what's the first step I need to take to move me towards my goal? Once you're clear on that – just do it.
If it's a really major goal or change that you want to make, you will need to plan carefully for it. If you're contemplating such a move and would like to plan seriously for it, I'd be happy to send you a 6-Step Goal Planner handout which you might find useful. Just email me and let me know.
If you're not ready to start moving towards a major goal or dream, here's a nice, gentle way to get into action. It's one of my favourite exercises for those moments when you're feeling a bit lethargic, stuck, or unproductive:
Ten Tiny Changes: List ten changes you'd like to make for yourself. Write a list with each item starting "I would like to ……………….."
Think of all the things that have lain dormant over the winter months – things that you've been putting off until you had more energy – things that will really make a difference and make you feel good. Aim to cross at least one of those things off your list this week.
© Annabel Sutton Coaching Tips 2009
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