WHEN TO MOVE ON OR WHEN TO TRY AGAIN – READING THE SIGNALS

 

I have a blog. I haven’t written a post for 6 months. I just didn’t have it in me. I thought about it a lot. I just couldn’t get myself to do the work. I was having a Brian Wilson moment. Until now. This week something stirred in me that’s igniting a renewed desire and now I’m writing about it.

 

You see, when I blog I can get lost in the process as the thoughts flow out of me AND at the same time I can feel like I’m undressing in front of the whole world while the world gets to look at me through a one-way mirror. I know they’re there. I just don’t know what they’re thinking. I kind of want to know.

 

Not only does it take me a significant amount of time and effort to create each post, I also put my passion into it. Each post (for me) is a little piece of me being shared openly with the world. That can feel a little ominous at times.

 

OH, YOU WANT TO BE   S P E C I A L

Now, I know that ‘the world’ is not reading my posts. I’m not that naïve. I don’t really know how many people actually read through the blogs. I know even less if they find them meaningful or useful. Once you put it out there, there’s really no turning back.

 

My blog doesn’t seem to garner an avalanche of likes, shares or comments. That bothered me at first. But I’m ok with it now. The people who read my blog are somewhat like me in that they value good content, they are not necessarily interested in having a public conversation about it with strangers and they are curious, intelligent beings aspiring to create meaningful success.

 

I get it. I read a lot of articles and don’t comment on most of them. I do, however, share with my community the ones that really move me since they are interested in the same things I am. Why would I hold that back from them?

 

So, that’s what I have come to realize. Not everyone wants to engage in public displays of their opinions even though they may have something really interesting to say. I had to get into agreement with that. That’s where I’ve been these past 6 months – making sense of the time and effort invested in producing my blog.

 

 

I actually love blogging. I write with the intent that my posts might make someone smile, or think about an idea in a slightly different way, or breath a little easier or feel inspired to do more of what they are meant for.

 

I am not a blogger. I use blogging to support my work as a Success Alignment™ Expert, where I get to help Experts, Influencers and Thought Leaders make an Impact by turning their Vision into their Footprint.

 

So when I finally sat down to write this post (remember, it’s been 6 months), it was because the internet went down. I wasn’t being intellectually strategic about it. In fact, I was working on an important project at the time. Having the internet go down was a disruption. It wasn’t fair and the timing certainly was inappropriate.

 

My mind immediately raced into, ‘Maybe this is a sign from the universe that I should give up this work, stop putting so much of myself into it. Maybe I should take a break. Maybe it’s reinforcing the reason I stopped blogging in the first place.

 

My wisdom had a better idea.

 

THE DOOR OPENED

 

 

That space of time that opened up led me to thinking about my blog. Remember, it was on my mind – a lot. With the internet down, I began thinking about how much I enjoyed writing and sharing success-enhancing ideas and principles that can make a difference in someone’s life, especially on their road to success.

 

And maybe, just maybe someone was reading it and it was making a difference for them.

 

My own path to success has been infused with other people’s ideas along with the wisdom they shared. They helped shape my reality. They helped me to formulate my own opinion and ideas about success and how the world operates. And they helped me to structure credible success ideals that today I get to share with my best clients as a coach and mentor.

 

So the next question I found myself asking was,

‘What do you really want, Josie?’, followed by

‘How bad do you really want it?’

 

This is a conversation I typically have with my most successful clients. And it’s a hard one to have truthfully. It’s the conversation that changes everything. It’s often the beginning or the end. It’s where the real work begins.

 

That’s when I pulled out my pen & paper and started writing. An hour later I had outlines for 4 blogs and felt truly energized.

 

I WALKED THROUGH

Yup, I’m blogging again and it feels good.

 

I can’t wait to share my next post with you. It was the catalyst that inspired this post and got me blogging again. I think you’re going to love it.

 

Maybe you too have a door or two that closed. It was probably for a good reason. But maybe, just maybe that door isn’t locked. Maybe that door had a sign on it you didn’t see that read, ‘Under Construction’.

 

Maybe you needed to sidestep for a time. Maybe you needed a pause from that activity for a while. If the thought of it still lingers with you, you may need to revisit that thing to determine if the door is in fact locked or maybe it was just closed for a time. Tuning in to your Success Alignment™ track will help you to discern the difference.

 

I have put together a FREE WORKSHEET to help you figure out if you’re dealing with a permanently locked or temporarily closed door. You can access it here,

 

SUCCESS ADVANTAGE #1701

– OPEN OR CLOSED DOOR OPPORTUNITIES GUIDE

 

After you’ve completed it, drop me a comment under this blog post and let me know how it worked out for you. I’d really like to know.

 

SO CAN YOU

I recently shared this Success Footprint on the 3C FUSION Facebook page,

 

 

It reminds me that nothing is simple or straightforward or permanent. Success has its ebbs and flows as does the rhythm of life. Doors open, doors close, some doors reopen with fresh insights. Staying in awareness, curiosity and appreciation for all that is going on in the moment keeps you connected to the greater journey of success that is meant to be yours.

 

Some doors do close for good. Some for just a little while. Behind some, renovations are taking place. The mark of an Expert is one who recognizes the difference, is willing to accept it and has the capacity to find the value in what it offers.

 

Develop this degree of awareness and you will have the capacity to navigate your passage through locked, closed or Construction Zone doorways with greater ease and confidence.

 

You can always come back to this worksheet to develop that muscle as often as you need to. Save a copy to use over and over again.

SUCCESS ADVANTAGE #1701

– OPEN OR CLOSED DOOR OPPORTUNITIES GUIDE

 

 

Walk with purpose . . .

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