Getting out of my own way

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to blame other people or circumstances for your own failures?

Take me, for example. The event planners here at the conference took me up on my offer to lead a fitness walk every morning at 6:30. This is no small offer for me because while I'm trying very hard to up my fitness game, the truth is that it's an extremely difficult mountain to climb. After speaking yesterday and being out very late last night at the fabulous party sponsored by Essential Wholesale, when my 6:15 wake-up call came this morning, I just rolled over and blamed the jet lag, stress and late night partying on my decision to skip this morning's walk.

Then, the phone rang. It was Anne-Marie Faiola of Brambleberry, one of my fitness inspirations. I told her I just couldn't make it. We hung up and off they went. The tape in my head said I couldn't do it. But as I rolled over, I decided to think just for a moment about how I would feel if I changed the "I can't" to "I will." That brief thought was all I needed to propel myself out of bed, get dressed in record time and run a mile to catch up with the other walkers.

Somehow, I managed to get out of my own way, reverse the negative tape in my head, and I'm just back from the best walk of my life! Also joining me and Anne-Marie were Lorrie Beach of Canterbury Cabin, Delores Harris of Daisy May Natural Soap, Valerie Rice of Piper Tate and Susan Ryhanen of Saipua.

Question: Have you ever had to change the tape in your head from "can't" to "can," even when you had legitimate excuses to stay stuck in park? I'd love to hear how you manage to drag yourself forward, even when it just seems like you can't do it. Please share your motivating stories here so we can all benefit!

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.