Do you remember the old-fashioned play grounds where all the play equipment was made out of steel?
You may have to pause for a moment and think back to your early childhood.
Or, if you’re a certain age, you may not have ever experienced the type of playground that your parents and grandparents remember.
Today I’m sharing how an old-fashioned “merry-go-round” can symbolize your next big breakthrough. Whether it’s starting your own business, a new career, or any type of personal or professional breakthrough, the merry-go-round metaphor will help you keep things into perspective.
Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine you’re at playground that you remember from your childhood. You can use the image above for inspiration (you gotta love that slide in the background). You’re ten years old and you’re the only kid at the park.
You know what you want; you head straight for the merry-go-round. You love the feeling of swirling around and around, faster and faster screaming with delight. But you’re all by yourself, there’s no one to help you get this behemoth of a merry-go-round going. You take a moment to contemplate.
It’s big, it’s heavy, and you’ve never tried to get one going all by yourself before. It just may be too big and heavy for you. You really want to whirl so you decide to give it a shot.
You take your best ten-year old grip on the handle bars, plant your feet solidly on the ground and give it a go with everything you’ve got. Did it move a bit? Maybe, maybe not.
You’ve gotten a taste for how heavy this thing really is and how big of a job it’s going to be to get it going. Suddenly you feel defeated; you begin to doubt your ability, and you’re intimidated by the size and weight of it.
You give it another go. Did it move a bit? You think so, although ever so slightly. It may have just “sounded” like it moved, like it was thinking about it.
Now that you understand the scope of things, you contemplate giving up.
You wish some other kids would show up, preferably older and stronger, to help you get this merry-go-round swirling preferably with you on it. But there is no one that can help you, it’s all up to you.
That’s what starting your next big breakthrough can feel like in the beginning.
This is exactly how things felt when I started my yoga studio business and it’s how things felt in the early days of my current coaching and consulting business. I got my yoga business swirling and my coaching business is on it’s way.
The keys are to be consistent, be patient, and never give up.
And always, always remember your “why.”
PS Remember, focused daily decisions can lead to big results. You can learn about how this concept works HERE.
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Sandra is a business and life coach who specializes in helping clients who are craving a change but feel stuck where they are. Sandra helps them discover a new vision of the future and follow through on their ideas with enthusiasm and confidence. With a diverse background that spans more than three decades, Sandra combines her educator’s perspective, business acumen, life coaching skills, and everything she’s learned along the way to help her clients make bold moves that advance them forward in their careers and in their lives. When she’s not working, Sandra loves practicing yoga, traveling, cultural experiences, and enjoying the desert southwest.