I was at conference last week and one of the keynote was delivered by Jay Frost – an industry leader, educator, and author in the field of philanthropy.
Although some of his talk focused on philanthropy – after all he was speaking to a group fundraising and gift-planning professionals – the bulk of his talked focused on being the best we can be.
As part of his talk, Jay asked us to take out two pieces of paper. On the first one he asked us to write the one thing we would do if we knew we could not fail. On the second one, he invited us to write down one thing (seems simple enough) or one objection that is preventing us from doing it.
Obstacles and How We Handle Them
I don’t know about you, but coming up with just one obstacle that is preventing me from doing something is a challenge. Why? Because I’ve mastered the craft of creating a prolific list of obstacles and reasons why I can’t do something. It might be the perfectionist in me or the incessant worry of “what will people think or say about me if I fail” that makes it a given that I’ll find myself stuck and unable to move forward on an idea.
This is where Jay Frost got me thinking a little differently about all of this. My problem is this – I tend to look at the complete list of objections instead of looking at each reason individually. And there-in lies the problem.
When I look at the totality of the obstacles I’ve identified, I fail to see the momentum that might be created if I tackled just one of them. Sometimes you just can’t multi-task, you have to do one thing at a time.
What’s The Next Step?
Instead of tackling all of the obstacles, I need to remind myself to start with one. What can I do today, in this very moment, to eliminate that obstacle or start the process to minimize its impact? What is the next step that will get me closer to where I want to go?
The journey to “doing what you want to do” starts with taking one step. What can you do today to get to where you want to go?
You and me … we are our own biggest obstacles.
So… Let’s both agree that moving forward, we’ll ignore ALL of the reasons we can’t do something and commit to taking the one “next step” or doing the one thing – in this very moment – that will get us closer to where we want to be!