• Barbara Murphy-Shannon

Get Out Of Your Own Way

Updated: Feb 17

Have you ever wanted to change careers, go back to school, start a business or move to an island to start a new life? You were excited by the idea of change but, as soon as you started taking the first steps, you began to doubt yourself. Your loved ones didn’t understand why you wanted to change. You realized the change would be more expensive and take a lot longer than you initially thought. You got scared and retreated to the comfort of your current life, even if it’s making you miserable.

Two years-ago I was miserable with my job, and I needed to change, but what? I have always controlled and forced things in life but I decided to try something new and allow the universes to open the next door or at least give me a peek at what could be.

One day while searching the web a pop-up ad from the local university offering a program in Life Coaching was advertised. I thought to myself, this might be worth looking into. I filled out the information box but then got cold feet and clicked off.

It wasn’t 10 seconds later my phone rang, and it was the school calling. Yowza…how did they do that? I decided to listen and learn more…what did I have to lose? It sounded great, and the process was so easy I kept the faith that the universe was guiding me in the right direction.

I was suddenly a student again after 30 years of being out of college. Believe me, it was challenging at the beginning, and I was ready to quit…multiple times.

Significant changes and life-changing decisions are hard to make, but the real difficulty doesn’t come from wanting to change, but from becoming willing to change.

The transition from wanting something to actually going for it can be the difference between failure and success, and according to bestselling author Jen Sincero, who wroteYou Are a Badass(one of my gurus and favorite books) the number one thing that holds us back from change is ourselves.Our self-doubt has a way of psyching us out, convincing us that we don’t have what it takes to get what we want out of life.

Sincero believes, that self-confidence is like a muscle; the more you use it and believe that you really can achieve whatever you put your mind to, the easier it becomes to have the strength to do even newer, scarier and more exciting things.

Get Out of Your Own Way

….and start living the life you want…be a badass.



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Barbara Murphy-Shannon is a Mindset Business Coach for Women Entrepreneurs. She puts out a weekly blog, offers workshops and retreats. Barbara@barbaramurphyshannon.com


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