"This kinda hits you across the face...

...but in a totally good way."

Response to my Instagram post yesterday was, in a word, dramatic.

My other favorite comment was "Wow! Ouch and Yup."

Leave it to author Elizabeth Gilbert, who made wanderlusters swoon with her novel, Eat Pray Love, and then got real about the ups and downs of creativity with, Big Magic, to drop this truth bomb. I've recommended the latter and her Magic Lessons podcast to several clients. 

Yesterday's quote-slap is from it.

  

 

For me, leaping comes in two varieties.

There is the immediate leap. I see a shiny opportunity and say yes immediately. Over the years this has developed into a gut instinct. When it feels right, I go, because I know if I stop to weigh my options I will get lost in my head about it. And nothing good (for me) comes from that.

The second is what Elizabeth Gilbert is talking about. I allow for three laps in my own head -- thinking, worrying, checking, re-checking, worrying some more, and wondering who else I should ask if this is a good idea -- before I get SO BORED with myself that I need to make a decision. 

I trust I know enough by this point that thinking any more won't help, and probably just means I'm scared. 

So, ask yourself, are you really collecting more information or are you just scared of the unknown? Are you waiting until you know what the final outcome will be -- if it will all work out and be worth it -- before you take one step? 

You're never gonna know unless you take that step, so decide:

How bored are you....with yourself? 

 

Schedule a free consultation and let's make this leap happen.   

 

 

Are you working all-the-time?

Do you forget to shower or have lunch because it’s not clear where your workday ends and real life begins?

When that happens, you’re never getting the break you know you need in order to do your best.

But, you may be thinking, there is so much to do. Everyone needs something, email never stops, and you like the feeling of being productive and available.

It’s a cycle many of us believe we thrive in. I’ve heard more than a few executives, business owners, and freelancers pride themselves on working all the time. As if this is what it means to be successful.

What better week to create more personal freedom and reinvent our work lives than when many of us are celebrating our independence?

Check out my quick tip for doing just that in my latest column at Unstuck.com