What would I do if I knew I would succeed?

by Patricia on

I’ve just made a commitment, to spend five minutes every day breathing and asking the question, “What would I do if I knew I would succeed?” It’s part of a “21 Days to Change” program that I am testing for use in my Executive EQ program.

As I embarked on my first round of five minutes, I found that my brain would rather focus on all the tasks that need to be done NOW rather than the expansive, provocative question. I want to just do something and have it be done, resulting in a feeling of immediate success.

I know myself well enough to recognize that is my response when I am feeling that I am not in control or overwhelmed or helpless, I will wash the dishes, handle some emails, file some papers, clean out a drawer – something, anything that can be done right away and be complete.

My new path, the re-engineering of the business structure of the Center and Taking It Lightly, is overwhelming to me. I thought I had it all set-up, someone to run the business locally so I could expand the work and evolve toward my retirement (yes, someday, I want to do only one weekend intensive a month, instead of three!). Now, that plan has been turned upside down and inside out.

I am practicing my “So What! Now What?” perspective and listening to the cues from the universe about where to go from here. One of those cues came in reading Robert Cooper’s Executive EQ book. Stretch out into the future and imagine, while relaxed and in the flow.

Hence the commitment to breathe and ask “What would I do if I knew I would succeed?” Care to join me? I’d love to hear what happens for you when you spend five minutes a day just breathing and imagining.

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Darlene Martineau September 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

After reading you article I felt challenged. Especially as I sit at the computer with the desk top filled with three or four different piles of papers that need to be gone through. I can hear the dryer tumbling the clothes that eventually will need to be folded. My husband coming with the question, do we have a plastic container to pack fishing clothes? As a result the question challenges me even more. The question for myself is, when do I begin, how do I begin. An answer I can say to myself is you already have success in many different areas but okay, oh yeah, just begin breathing and imagining!!! Dar


michael rath September 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

As I ponder the success of a renewed search for some consistency in my professional relationships (ie WORK!) you piece gave me some pieces to ponder.

I , too, am quite adept at putting ym blinders on and tackling short achievable goals like laundry, dishes, and organizing drawers. After having been on the road for 6 months I am overwhelmed with things to do and it takes me away from what I ought to be doing.

While my old objectivist reality mind construct rools his eyes at more meditation, I commit to following your lead… again.

I appreciate you putting this out there…

hummingbirds on my back porch…



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