What Two Simple Words Are Stopping You?

Are there two simple words that are holding you back from getting on at work? Or from having  a better quality of life? From living your life to the full?

If (there’s a clue) you find yourself oft repeating “If only…” you’ve found your two words. Two simple words that are holding you back.

If only I were cleverer…

If only I had a better boss…

If only my manager was female…

If only I lived somewhere else…

If only I had more money…

If only I was thin…

If only I could get a seat on the board…

Stop Wishing, Start Planning

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” This phrase dates back to the 16th Century, we humans have been doing this for sometime! Basically it says stop wasting time merely thinking about stuff and go and do something!

Which is my message today. Every time we get stuck into the ‘what ifs of life we are giving away our personal power. You are extraordinary. You have amazing potential; tap into it. Take back control of your personal power. Decide what you want in life. Critically evaluate it. If your dream seems impossible at the moment, start with a smaller one, one that starts you off on your path. Get help, retrain, sign up for an evening class, start saving, get support, professional and personal. Do whatever you need to do to start making your what ifs a reality!

If this has struck a chord, take a look at When Did You Last Put a Toe in the Water?

Photo Credit: Naveen Saxena


Posted on November 3rd, 2011 by

6 Responses to “What Two Simple Words Are Stopping You?”

  1. Babs says:

    Thanks for this post I enjoyed reading it. I don’t use ‘if only’ but ‘if I want to I could’ . It’s all about keying into choice imo 🙂

  2. Bhavyata says:

    It is indeed a great post Jane. My name is Bhavyata and I am a working woman engaged in International Women’s Conference work. I have been doing it for a long time now and I can feel the value of the words you have shared here. Stop thinking and start acting. So wise !!

  3. Great post! It’s easy to whinge from the sidelines! I sometimes quote Nelson Mandela from his inauguration speech which really sums it up:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

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