You Can Break Down Those Brick Walls

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Within the next month, we’ll open reservations for our first Forward Forty event, “Cocktails and Conversations”. We’re lining up a wonderful array of presenters and I’m hoping that the audience will comprise close to 200 women unafraid to believe that the second half of their life can be as rewarding as the first.

I am sorting through all the things that make an event special, at the same time some real fears are creeping up as I think about my budget and the recession.

What if no one comes? What if I’m being too ambitious? What if the recession is not a good time to start?

Funny how doubt often crashes like an unwelcome guest on a living room couch. And it always sticks around at inconvenient moments like when you’re pursuing a personal transformation, a career change, or a business idea.

What saves me with Forward Forty is the feeling that somehow which each post on the blog I am becoming the woman I’ve longed to be, if only because I’m respecting my dreams.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.

What’s the brick wall in your life? There is always something or someone that rouses the doubts: friends, family, career, status quo, vacation days, rainy days, etc. They’re primed to stop you from getting steps closer to who you want to be and what you want to do. A brick wall will constantly show you how badly you want something — and present all the reasons as to why you shouldn’t have it.

Two weeks ago, I received an email from a fan of Forward Forty who said she had spent close to two decades in her job and wanted to make a career switch. She didn’t know if it was a good time. That was her brick wall, time. I told her that maybe ‘a good time’ does not, and never will exist. Maybe perfection is not around the corner. Maybe it’s not even close by. Maybe ‘a good time’ won’t come around in the morning. Maybe now is just the time to start.

I am taking heaping spoonfuls of my own advice, and as I am about to jump I have a feeling that the chasm, between my doubts and my reality, is not as wide as I think.

Time to break down my own brick walls.

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