Baa baa baa. ARE YOU JUST ONE OF THE SHEEP???
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WHAT’S REALLY HOLDING YOU BACK.
ARE YOU JUST ONE OF THE SHEEP.
I mean, what’s stopping you from doing those things that you’ve always wanted to try but weren’t really game enough to ‘av a go.
The modern terminology to this I think is “outside the box” getting out of your comfort zone. Trouble is, if you want something bad enough, it really does lead to you extending yourself as far as it takes to achieve what you are really after.
Whether it’s some sort of sporting achievement you are after, a work related promotion or trying your hand at that business that you’ve always dreamt of, living in that warm fuzzy safe zone will never help you extend yourself to achieve what you’re aiming for.
Our reluctance from stepping outside maybe has come from our up bringing or the circle of friends you are in. Mom and dad taught us not to rock the boat by being comfortable with what we are doing just in case it sinks and we can’t swim for it. The school system never taught us to just dive in and work it out while you’re coming up for breath.
Today, things are changing.
WE’RE AFRAID OF GETTING IT WRONG.
What if we have a go at something and get it horribly wrong. We may lose some money, we may feel embarrassed or ashamed of our failure and just admit, shock horror, we sometimes just get it wrong, after all, we are just human.
WE’RE AFARAID OF GETTING IT RIGHT
This is a beauty. How do we handle earning a couple of thousand dollars a week (perhaps even a day). Success is scary. How would you feel if you just hit it right outside the park? You strayed away from the flock, tried something new, became a success away from that flock you were used to and found yourself in your own paddock. Scary!
WE’RE TOO LAZY
We get set in our ways, live on auto pilot mode and do the same thing year after year. It’s working well enough, so why change? That requires effort, we have to step up to the plate and step out from the cosy flock of sheep. That sounds like serious work and most of us won’t change our ways particularly if it involves extra work and a degree of risk, or heaven forbid, CHANGE.
WE’RE AFRAID OF SETTING A TREND
If we do something new and it’s fabulous, will we be the one that others will follow? WHOA! This creates responsibility and attention. It’s easy sitting in the back seat but centre stage where you get hit with the spotlight is where the best part of the show is acted out and bravery certainly pays off.
Don’t think that this outlook on life is something new. Complacency has been part of mankind ever since…….
About 2000 years ago Aristotle said “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got” Just goes to show, nothing really has changed.
So next time you hear a baa baa baa coming from you, head the other way, go left or right or even grow wings and take off. Whoever told you sheep can’t fly was a liar.