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What You Need and What You Fear

Learning what it is that holds you back is the key to moving forward.

A post from Seth Godin earlier this week on avoiding momentum rang true for me, both his identification of the need for momentum with its obligations, commitments, structures and schedules and our fear of it.

Deep down, this potential for an overwhelming response alerts the lizard brain and we hold back. We’re afraid of being part of something that feels like it might be too big for us.

Sound familiar?

Me too ;-)

But recognition shrinks fear.

Maybe lets you start to see where momentum might take you.

Momentum

Photo credit: Momentum, by Naezmi on Flickr

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  2. Eleanor Van Natta says:

    Excellent advice/reminder: “Learning what it is that holds you back is the key to moving forward.” I am putting it up on my desk!! Thank you for this.

  3. Barb Hartsook says:

    Hi Joanna. Short and to the point — struck me between the eyes. I often think of truth as too big to paint or write about, so we write in tiny pieces of it. Thinking I might fear the work I see as too big for me is indicting, at the least.

    Thanks for the thought — one to recognize and move ahead in spite of. :)

  4. Patricia says:

    All the suggestions I am getting recently are about making myself bigger…I think I have been so small for so long - this is a great fear

    Momentum needed

  5. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    says:

    Eleanor fantastic :-)

    Barbara I do think it’s easier to keep moving on once we can see and maybe name what it is that stands in our way. Or maybe, what we’ve put there ;-)

    Patricia I feel you are on the brink of something… emerging into something… wonderfully you

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