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How to Get Out of Your Own Way In 5 Steps


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If the stuff going on in your head is holding you back – please listen up!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you woke up each day and did the things you’ve been wanting to do without thinking?

What if you could take action without worry and stress?

Let go of the excuses and stories you’ve been telling yourself and put your energy into accomplishing the things you’ve spent months or even years thinking about?

Imagine effortlessly knocking out your goals and dreams while experiencing a heightened sense of productivity and peace?

It can be done — and it starts by getting out of your own way.

The reason you keep tripping over yourself is because you overthink things.

Use this five tips to get past your head and into your heart to find peace in the present moment:

1. Self-awareness.
Your mind doesn’t stop and the most effective way to change this is through self-awareness.

This means being aware of your thoughts and emotions and how you react to things.

To become more self-aware you have to stop operating on autopilot and live in the moment. When you face a situation that triggers a negative response — pause – hit the reset button, BREATHE and open yourself up to the possibility that anything is possible.

2. Learn and let it go.
If past mistakes are affecting your ability to move forward, remember that you’re in good company. Everyone makes mistakes.

Failure is a powerful learning tool. People who live fully learn from their failures and move on. They don’t look back.

Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck said it best: “Dwelling on what you f’d up on is the quickest way for the next thing not to work.”

3. Love yourself.
Life is hard. To survive its many twists and turns you need to practice kindness and compassion towards yourself.

If you don’t love yourself – no one else will. You know that saying — you get what you give in life? That goes for yourself too. You are amazing! See the good and respect who you are as a person.

If you practice self-compassion and be kind to your mind, you’ll be able to get through life’s detours with confidence and grace.

4. Just do it.
Overthinking is like going through a slow death. The only difference is there’s a cure but you’d rather stick with what you know than step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

When you overthink you lose confidence, become depressed and feel hopeless. You lose yourself in something that’s not reality.

Next time you find yourself over thinking, use the five second rule. If you think about something for more than five seconds – just do it. So much of your energy is wasted thinking about things and not doing anything. Unfortunately, you can’t do both at the same time. Choose to take action.

5. Live in the present moment.
Living in the past or the future robs you from the enjoyment of today.

Stop thinking about the problems and negativity from your past and live where life is happening right now. Practice mindfulness by taking in what’s going around you.. Whether you’re playing with your kids, going for a hike or washing the dishes – your mind should focus on what you’re doing at that present moment.

If you find your thoughts wandering — say the word HERE to bring yourself back to reality.


I’d love to know: What’s one specific thing that keeps getting in your way and which one of these 5 strategies would improve it for you?

Please share your comments in the box below. Let’s get a dialogue going to help each other overcome barriers and think more positively.

Please remember, a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by BELIEVING in yourself and taking small steps every day in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!

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  • Carole June 3, 2017, 12:42 pm

    Hi Lina, awesome! I totally agree that we sabotage our progress and success by thinking that we need to always perform “correctly” as well. We fear we will err. We need to realize we need to just “act,” right or wrong. We need to realize no action is truly wrong. The more we “act”, the more able we are to act. I have found that in my life it has worked. I hold my nose and jump. Some would say I’m risk-taking. I say I’m taking the plunge for growth. I’m enhancing my emotional maturity, and I’ve proven to myself it works. Without growth there is no life. Let’s go Ladies, Live it up!!!

  • Lina Hollman June 5, 2017, 1:25 am

    Thanks Carole! You made some great points. Fear of failing can paralyze you. When you stop thinking and just do it — that’s when the magic happens. Like you I’m a big fan of the cannon ball!! There is no such thing as failure only learning and growth.