When my hard drive died as I was finishing my next book, I went into a panic!
I was preparing my taxes, moving and had a deadline to meet. I hadn’t been able to find my external backup drive for six months and didn’t have a clue how I was going to resolve this – hence the lack of blog postings.
I dug through my office closet until I found my old HP laptop – and I got a “two-fer” there was the missing external hard drive! And the majority of the chapters to my book.
Now, being “old school,” I had printed out every chapter after writing it – just in case – so it would take some scanning in, but everything was retrievable.
Then came the next decision – did I replace my old PC desktop or look for a different solution. The resolution on the old laptop and the constant multiple letters when I used the keyboard, convinced me that that would not be a long term solution.
I allowed these dilemmas to keep me from proceeding forward. I literally came to a dead halt!
I wouldn’t even try to write on that machine. I had forgotten my own advice: adapt!
After talking myself down off the ledge this week and looking at so many options that my head was spinning, I dug out a bluetooth keyboard (with great action) attached it to my MacBook Pro, and Voila! I was back in business.
Here’s the lesson
How many times to we allow ourselves to be completely stopped from completing our goals through a “hiccup” that can be solved easily, if we decide that’s what we want to truly do?
We can wring our hands, tear our hair out and moan about how unfair life is, or we can get on with it, find a “work around,” and decide that our goal is worth any amount of adapting it takes. Yes, change can scare the hell out of us, but if we take the time to truly look at what we’re allowing to side rail us, we can take back control.
I didn’t just hit the “pause” button, I had allowed my challenge to cause me to hit the “stop” button. Until I looked at my end goal, realized that it was my true passion, I was then able to hit the play button again and get myself back on track.
Take your finger off the “stop” button and get back to accomplishing your passion today. Its time to “spring” into action, after all the mantra for Daylight Savings Time is “Spring Forward.”
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