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Stepping Beyond Fear

For the past year of living in my ‘new’ whare, I have been dreaming and scheming.
I have been visualising how I want to recreate the space to make it my own.

I have poured over pinterest boards, surfed websites, and roved home-related shops.

I have never done a major reno before, and the process has thrown-up many learnings that link with both life, and leadership.

I am usually a very proactive person. I like to get s#*t done. Once I have done the thinking and made my mind-up, the rest is history. But with this project I have been dilly-dallying. I have been chopping and changing my mind on layout and design, and sitting in a state of indecision.

I’ve come to notice three things about myself, that when I reflect, often show-up when I am challenged in change.

  1. When unsure, I will out-source my wisdom. I will sometimes second-guess my own competence and go with others’ ideas over my own. Good ole Imposter Syndrome will pay a visit.
  1. I place rules around myself. “It should”, “It’s got to”, “It can’t”. The self imposed restrictions allow for little ‘play’, and can suck the fun-factor from the project until it becomes an onerous chore. 
  1. I need time to mull things over…but not too long. I will often sit inside my head and consider the pros and cons of different options. This can turn into overwhelm. The problem is, that I can sit in this state until it becomes procrastination.

What I have learned I need to do:

  1. Get connected: Why am I doing this? What do I need? How do I need it to be? What will work best for me? 
  1. Give permission: Allow myself (yes, I chose those words deliberately) to Break the Rules! To take a risk! To make mistakes, and learn. To enjoy the process!!
  1. Get into action: Start small and build it up; one step at a time. Begin with something that isn’t a major issue if it ‘fails’. Keep it small and manageable to ensure a quick-win and build confidence.

As Leaders

  • What do you notice about your own tendencies when it comes to change projects?
  • What do you notice about those you lead?
  • How might you support others to:
    • Get into action? 
    • Get connected?
    • Get permission?

Aroha and Smiles

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