The theme this year at the Professional Organizer’s Conference (POC) was GROW and grow I feel I most definitely did. The key-note speakers at this year’s event were Tanya Chernova and Joanna Andros of Courageous Living. They were dynamic and fun and had some really great information to share with us regarding how to discover the limiting beliefs that hold us back from success and how to overcome them. They were there to encourage us to leap beyond our comfort zones and gain the Courage to Succeed!
In life’s defining moments, the ability to reach for what you want, relies on COURAGE.
COURAGE is your natural energy force that propels you beyond your fears into a realm where anything is possible.
I listened intently to what they had to say because truthfully I do let my fears control me sometimes. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of losing control. At the same time though being aware of this fact has helped me recognize these fears for what they are….limiting beliefs and nothing more. They are what hold me back from going to the next level.
Whatever you believe about yourself, you will prove yourself right.
One of my limiting beliefs that I held on to for a long time was that I wasn’t a public speaker. In fact I had convinced myself that I was a terrible public speaker and therefore shouldn’t do it. Then I received an email from POC soliciting proposals from those wishing to speak at the POC Conference. The thought of doing something this courageous was so far out of my comfort zone I wouldn’t even consider the possibility. I could give you a whole list of reasons why it was a bad idea and I would have most definitely proved myself right. Negative in = negative out.
COURAGE is not the absence of fear….but the decision that something else is more important than fear.
According to Tanya and Joanna the 4 steps to action in spite of your fear are:
- Accept the limiting “conversation” playing in your head
- Decode it for what it is
- Set a courageous actionable goal for yourself
- Act powerfully now
Well that’s what I did. With the aid of a little positive coaching from my sweet organizer friend, Margarita I decided to push past the fear and submit a proposal. That was the hardest part for me, not the waiting to see if I was accepted, not even the actual speaking. The hardest part for me was taking that first step towards believing in myself. Once I conquered that I knew I could conquer whatever else came my way. And guess what? I did it and you can too!
Reach for something greater, create new possibility for yourself.