Are You Shrinking or Expanding?
A few weeks back I noticed I was grumpy and out of sorts. Yes, I had a cold, and yes there was the ice storm, but beyond that, I couldn’t muster my usual ‘take a bite out of life’ enthusiasm. It happened gradually, without me really noticing. The word can’t was hanging out in my head too much. My schedule was full and good things were happening, so what was up? Why was I shrinking instead of expanding?
Finally, I took some quiet time to journal. It’s always a relief to me when I do this, because I have permission to blather on about nothing, to whine and complain to myself, to question and explore. You know what came out?
Time To Make A Change
My favourite old winter boots were cracked and worn beyond repair, and every time I walked outside my feet were getting cold and wet. So I didn’t want to go out. I wouldn’t go for walks. I was avoiding evening networking events. Errands like banking and grocery shopping seemed like a huge ordeal. Everything was just so hard, I whined. For heaven’s sake! Because of this minor thing that had been gradually getting worse while I ignored it, my whole life was shrinking!
It’s amazing to me how the small things can have huge implications when we ignore them, and how life can immediately get better once we’re willing to pay attention and take positive action.
Once I whined my way to clarity in my journal, the fix was easy! I said good-bye to my old boots and got a warm, comfy new pair. Now I hum my way through my errands and I’m back out in the world. Life is expanding again.
What Are You Ignoring?
What practical things are you ignoring that are holding you back? What are the implications? Is there one essential skill gap you’ve been ignoring that is holding you and your business back? Are you missing a printer cartridge which is stopping you from getting that proposal or client letter out, while you tell yourself ‘I’ll get around to it?’
If you notice your life has become smaller than you like, take stock, take action and get into flow and expansion again!