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It’s easy to say, “things will not work out for me this time, because they did not work out for me last time either.”

But this type of thinking tends to shut off possibility.

Possibility is knowing that a certain outcome is available so long as you are in action.

We should not be surprised that, when we aren’t in action, no progress is made on the things we care most about.

We should not be surprised that, when we aren’t in action, no progress is made on the things we care most about. Click To Tweet

But it’s remarkably easy to focus on past failures and assume things will turn out much the same as they did before.

If you didn’t learn anything from past failures, then you may repeat similar failures. But if you carry what you’ve discovered into new projects, then this is not an inevitable outcome.

If you remain in fear, then you may not advance. But if you are committed, bold in your actions, and do what you know you need to do regardless of emotion, you will break through the glass ceiling.

This isn’t to say that whatever you do next will be a runaway success. But what you learn from what you do next could help you find the next step, and then the next, and then the next.

You may have done things a certain way in the past. And you found out what didn’t work.

But you can’t assume you will repeat those failures. Because then you’re giving into fear. You’re giving into something that hasn’t even happened yet.

I have a friend who was fearful of getting more client bookings, because she was worried that she might slip into the old behavior of overbooking herself. And I reminded her that she is in control of her time. She gets to decide when she takes bookings, and how many. You can’t let clients decide that.

Not to mention, when you’re already booked up, people tend to assume you must be good at what you do and are happy to get on your waiting list.

It’s easy to give into the pressure, or even guilt of having to service all the people that come to you with requests. The more people that know, like, and trust you, the more people will put a demand on your time.

But you don’t need to say “yes” to everything, and you can process requests on a case-by-case basis.

Pounce on the few things that excite you. Set aside the majority that don’t.

Because when you say “yes” to something, you are always saying “no” to something else.

It’s okay to leave time in your schedule. You don’t need to feel guilty about it.

Your past is not a measuring stick of what’s possible now.

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