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Tuesday
Oct082013

The Possibility Agenda

In the warm, fall sun near the beautiful river, the tall grasses go through cycles from still to bold movement. The wind guides the motion. We are not that different from these grasses. We can adopt a possibility agenda in a quiet or adventurous way. Choose an agenda that’s right for you- something that is comfortable or encourages you to stretch.

 

Baby Steps

What small and different choice can you make which will yield the possibility of a new result? Think about doing something different this day, hour, or moment. Take a small chance. Make a small change. Will you adopt a new habit like putting something away instead of down? Will you let go of one item today to reduce a cluttered area? What’s possible with a baby step?

 

Forward Steps

Think a bit larger by focusing on near future options like next week or month. What can you add to your possibility agenda that will allow you to think farther? Will you review your schedule to plan your time more efficiently for next week? Will you work on organizing one closet so that by the end of the month you’ll no longer have to struggle to get dressed? What’s possible with a forward steps agenda?

 

Giant Steps

Longer-term thoughts have the possibility of bringing big goals to fruition. Will you write that book that’s bubbling inside you?  Will you organize and prepare your home to be ready for next year’s move? Fear or discomfort might be experienced with thinking big and taking on more. What’s possible with a giant steps agenda?

 

The wind blows. The grasses respond. And stillness returns. Where will your thoughts take you? Which thoughts will bloom into actions? What’s possible for you? Come join the conversation.

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So funny, Linda. My most recent blog talked about your idea of baby steps ... which over time really add up! And I find that baby steps often lead to the giant steps. Start clearing clutter bit by bit each day and in a month or two your house might be ready for sale!

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Seana- There is power in those baby steps, especially when we're just not ready to "Go Big!" They are the steps that let us see progress and encourage more steps. And cumulatively, the baby steps can result in a major leap forward, but without the stress or fear. Change begins somewhere. Often it's those tiny steps which become the springboard.

October 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Baby steps is for me the most important of all. It's very common we fear and doubt about doing something new, the baby steps are always the point of departure, trying one or two baby steps will give us confidence to move forward, and as long we gain confidence we'll taking more baby steps. It's a learning process, so in the right time, we'll feel so natural to walk and we'll be ready for the next pace. A baby step is better than no movement at all.
Thank you Linda. I love you post because they're so spot on.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Great inspiring post, Linda! And yes, those baby "steps" are figurative expressed in any movement towards positive change. It could even be a phone call. Often, that's a harder "step" than walking out the door. Facing daunting challenges can only begin with a first step, and as you point out, it must begin with a thought process. Your blog encourages us to think about possibilities, and if we can visualize our long term goals, the wheels can begin to turn, one cog at a time.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Borg

What a wonderful post Linda, I could almost feel the breeze through the grass and how winds of change really are good for you.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I am all about baby steps! I love this discussion. In entertaining the possibilities the goals become clearer and happen all because of baby steps.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Possibilities is such a wonderful word to choose to write about, Linda. How often do we shut down, thinking something is just NOT possible. At all. We don't even go there. But if we do, possibilities is such a freeing, non judgmental word and question. It asks us to brainstorm and think outside of our heads.

When I moved my office to a larger (and newly painted!) space at my home downstairs, I wanted some inspiration to get me to think about possibilities. I found this phrase, which is posted right next to the light I need to turn on each day: "Could you abide with, work on, think about whatever you believe to be 'impossible' for 10 minutes today? Will you?"
I love this, because it gives me a few of your small/baby steps to try on for the day (abide/work/think), and the 10 minute suggestion of course. And it asks me to in the second question. As if I had a coach with me, every single morning.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

Your voices are a welcome addition to my day. How wonderful to hear from all of you.

@Nacho- Fear can be a major obstacle. Those baby steps work magic in circumventing it. And as you said, they help to build confidence.

@Nancy- So true that possibilities begin with the thoughts, whether they are tiny or large. But that's what will propel us forward.

@Jill- How lovely that you could feel the breeze. And yes... the winds of change can be wonderful.

@Ellen- Yes! Here's to the power of those baby steps.

@Sue- When we allow it, possibility thinking is like that open window...no barriers, just free flowing air. And it engages us in a positive perspective. What a great phrase that accompanies you each morning...your own personal coach that challenges some not necessarily accurate assumptions. What a wonderful way to begin each day.

October 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love this - three different approaches to choose from, depending on the extent of the change and your comfort level. I tend to take giant steps, but maybe I need to slow it down sometimes!

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- No surprise that you're a giant step taker. No need to "slow it down," unless it isn't working for you. Enjoy the leaping!

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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