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“Brick Walls” Are For Building-Not Obstacles To Impede You From Your Transition

What Is An Obstacle?

The underpinnings and support you build for yourself when you begin to implement change in your life are first challenged and often thwarted by what we perceive as obstacles that get in the way of our transition. If you can become aware of these obstacles, you give yourself the permission to change the meaning of the very obstacle(s) that stand in your way. Begin by redefining the word “obstacle”:

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. . . the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. . . they’re there to stop the ‘other’ people.”

Randy Pausch Carnegie Mellon Professor author of “The Last Lecture”

3 Common Types Of Obstacles

In Susan Hanshaw’s “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” Phase 3 “Breaking Through Fear” contains a very important tool when considering your obstacles: Step 8 “Define What Lies Between You And Change.” Common types of obstacles to change:

1. Fears: Your thoughts about your ability to successfully create change

2. Limited Beliefs: What you think you are capable of acheiveing or becoming

3. Lack of Commitment: Not being completely dedicated to the work involved with the necessary steps

Ultimate Responsibility

Accountability for your actions and efforts is the ultimate responsibility we all have to ourselves.

“We can commit to becoming accountable and responsible to our jobs-careers, to our familiy and friends, yet we often don’t make that same commitment to ourselves.”

Susan Hanshaw Founder Inner Architect and author Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live

Discovering Your Passions: The Secret Of “Purpose” And The Role It Plays In Your Life

What is purpose and what is it’s role in a person’s life? Purpose is that “unique” something that each person has to offer,that will help benefit other people, during their lifetime. Our passionate interests are closely connected to our purpose. Unfortunately many people settle working in a career or living a life that is less than fulfilling or outright distasteful.

What is missing? Often the answer is the feeling that your life has no meaning or significance because you are not “giving back” and you are not feeling the excitement of passionate interest.

Mindset of Purpose: Understanding The Shift

*In order to live fully in your purpose, you must learn to perceive yourself and your significance in this world from a mindset of purpose. Are you utilizing your “gifts”? Are you helping people with your gifts? Do you feel that you make a difference in people’s lives through your passionate interests?

*The Shift requires you to change your perspective to a deeper level. Simply put recognizing purpose is a part of life that requires you to believe that there is more going on than what you can see on the surface

*Few people understand that the work that you love is the work you are really here, in this life on this planet, to do.

Third Characteristic That Shapes Our Reality: Maintaining Your Effort

Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” Vince Lombardi

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up? Marian Wright Edelman

You began by building your confidence through the accumulation of experience and research. You maintained a constant commitment by action planning and steadfast perseverance. Now is the time to add the fuel to your engine of change: effort.

What is effort? Effort, according to Websters, “is the total work done to achieve a particular end.” Effort is also a “conscious exertion of power. . . or a serious attempt.” Effort makes all the difference in the world.

Your effort, either 110% or less than ideal, is your personal measurement to how well your are performing your tasks in order to change. You can NOT lie to yourself-when you do not give your best effort you know it.

Three Steps To Maintain Your Effort

1. 100% Effort: Always give your maximum effort, your best efforts to your work

2. Quality is Job 1: Do NOT cut corners, speed through without care, or attempt to short change the process. Sloppy work is less than your best effort

3. Recognize Your Value: Recognize that others can benefit by what you have to offer

The 3 Building Blocks To Change Your Life: Awareness, Interests, Action

Do you wake up in the morning like a sailor set adrift in open seas after a terrible wreck?
Do you feel stranded by your job or career left only to count the days until the weekend?
Are your weekends like tiny islands of comfort helping you forget your unhappiness?
And when your tiny “vacation” (the weekend) is over and it is late Sunday afternoon, are you already dreading the idea of going back to your job?

If you can answer yes to one or all of these questions you are ready to change your life.

Building Block #1: Awareness

Recognizing that your unsatisfying, dismal, and uncomfortable job is the core problem in your life is the first building block to change. Your awareness that your job is the source of stress, anger, anguish, anxiety, angst, pressure, unhappiness, discomfort, frustration, and malaise is the most important fact to begin your change.

The byproduct of these horrible feelings often leads to giving up, going through the motions, feelings of inadequacy, lack of trust, cynicism, doubt, and self hatred in some cases.

If you can be honest with yourself and utilize your awareness that you need change, you are on the path to discovering the steps that will give you back your hope, your life, and your happiness.

If this sounds too good to be true–it is not. If you want a new life, Susan Hanshaw’s upcoming book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” is your first step.