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I've heard - and preached - about breaking big projects down into little ones, but principle has never come home to me so clearly as on this trip. When I looked at it as a whole, it was so scary I almost backed down. But once I got out there and did just one task at a time and focused on that task only, it became not only manageable, but almost easy.
Just as important, all that "unnecessary" worrying I'd done before trip actually paid off. Because I'd mentally worked through a dozen different problems beforehand (of course, problems I ended up facing weren't ones I'd worried about), I was more confident about meeting challenges that did arise. And since my ultimate Plan B gave me permission to fail, I had courage to try.
So go ahead. Worry. But don't let it stop you. And give yourself permission to fail. Because only then will you have courage to succeed.
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Copyright 2005 Lynn Cutts
Chocolate-loving Life Coach Lynn Cutts’ mission is to change the world for the better, one person at a time. At www.ManageYourMuse.com, she shares free tips, articles, games and newsletters to help you realize your dreams. Lynn offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching and self-guided programs to help you create your own boundless life. Lynn is certified by the Coaches Training Institute, and is a member of the International Coaches Federation.