Four Strategies to Keep You in the Game During Difficult Challenges

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Strategy 1. How can I apply my past successes to achieve new goals?

Look at your history of successes by analyzing the skills you have developed over the years to achieve your goals. These skills and experiences are still a part of your life and professional resume. Often we take for granted our past achievements and only focus on the goals we have not been able to accomplish.

Strategy 2. Can my liabilities become a friend?

One of the most important steps in dealing with a difficult challenge is to honestly assess "who you are" right now. Gradually as you give yourself permission to be " just who your are", you will begin to feel the freedom to assess your liabilities without fear and learn what you need to do to fill in the gaps.

Strategy 3. Do I need new information to fill in the gaps?

After taking an honest assessment of what you can do well on your own and where you have difficulty, the next step is gathering information. At this stage it is important to ask your ego to stay home. It is often our "little ego" that keeps telling us that we can accomplish these changes without any help. In fact, you can, but first you have to enter new data into your current knowledge bank.

Strategy 4. Do I really need support to take new steps?

After gaining new information and knowledge, it is not always easy to let go of old patterns. The most difficult information to accept is that a pattern you are comfortable with isn't working anymore. Even though you have been quite successful in your life up to now, you may need support to do something totally different. Set up even a short-term contract for coaching or counseling. Don't let your pride keep you sitting on the sidelines. Get new information and support and get back in the game.

Alan Cohen, owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team and founder of several Pharmaceutical companies says: "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful..."

Copyright - September 2010 - Louise Cohen

Louise Cohen, MSW, LCSW Licensed clinical psychotherapist, Life/Professional Success Coach, Speaker, Author.

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