For A New Life In A New Year - Take Action
© Cathy Goodwin, PhD
Stuck? Wondering what to do about finding a job, a relationship or a
new home? Don't get caught in the self-analysis trap: months, days
and even years of "thinking."
I've met dozens of people who think "getting free" begins with an
armchair, a self-help book and a beer.
Action creates energy. Have you ever spent a whole day driving? Lying
on the couch with a book and a heavy-duty remote control? At the end
of the day you're exhausted.
Action fuels thought. You can sit on a couch all day with the
self-help book, but how will you complete the exercises? The world
looks different as you sit in your living room. When you get off the
couch and face the outside world, your answers will change.
Action is a test of your readiness to change. Are you thinking of
hiring a coach or counselor? Before you pick up the phone, take some
small action on your own. Get a list of articles from the library or
web. Make some phone calls. Are you moving? That's a good sign.
Want to change? Do something different. In a tape version of her
recent book, Thunder and Lightning, Natalie Goldberg advises writers
to overcome blocks by changing small elements of their lives. Take a
different route when you walk home, she suggests; if you normally
drive with your left hand on the steering wheel, try the right.
- Do something alone that you normally do with others: shopping, traveling, eating in a restaurant.
- Do something with others that you normally do alone.
- If you have a routine for evenings or weekends, find new activities.
In his book, How People Change, Allen Wheelis pointed out that
changing yourself is pretty simple. If you want to stop being a
thief, don't steal. If you want to be a writer, write. Sounds simple
-- but it works.
Sometimes, if you are lucky, external events force you to change in a
positive direction. Rent the video The Closet (Le Placard). The hero
begins as a stereotypically dull accountant. As people begin to
believe he is gay, they treat him differently -- and he grows into a
new, more powerful person. Can't get moving?
If you are really, really unhappy, but you can't get yourself to take
even one action step to change your situation, consider some form of
psychotherapy. Sometimes you are at a point in your life when it's
time to do nothing, but inability to act can signal serious problems,
such as clinical depression.
Do you want to think out loud about which action to take?
Do you want someone to share your thoughts as you try out different
actions? Moving -- but you're not sure in which direction you want to
end up? These questions suggest you can get help from a career or
Maybe you believe in New Year's Resolutions, or maybe you like to
take life as it comes. Regardless, I can promise your 2002 will bring
exciting new changes and directions...if you jump off that couch and
begin taking action.
This article is based on my ebook 9 Magic Keys to Career Freedom
Cathy Goodwin, PhD, is an author, speaker and career consultant.
For her free Career Freedom ezine, email email@example.com.
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Email: Cathy@movinglady.com Phone: 505-534-4294.