It’s the economy.
It’s your job.
It’s the boss.
It’s the Internet.
It’s him, her and them. (Especially THEM!)

You may be believing that the only reason you’re not moving forward on your project is because someone or something is in your way.

You’re pretty sure that you’d be just fine if it weren’t for those outside circumstances.

Or that person.

Or that group of people.

But here’s the problem: You can’t control them.

And they are NOT going to change.

Your job is not going to change.
That person is not going to change.
The condition of the world is not going to alter itself to suit you better.

So stop trying to control things you cannot control.

Let me say that again: STOP trying to control the things over which you have no control.

And quit giving those things so much space inside of your mind.

Just bless them, and, inasmuch as is possible, forget them.

Quit having imaginary arguments with them about how they should be treating you better.

Quit complaining. Entirely.

Instead, put as much of your focus as you can on the things you CAN control.

Namely: YOU.

You control how often you take a deep breath. You control the food you eat. You control the number of times you think loving, grateful thoughts.

You control the stories you tell yourself about you, your work and the world.

Shifting your focus from “out there” to “in here” will have an immediate and radical impact on your life. You will have reclaimed your power.

And here’s the wiggly bit — from that new position of power, you actually might be able to have an impact on the outside world.

My friend Jason has made a commitment to himself that every time he travels, he makes an effort to be the kindest person that anyone at that airport deals with that day. He considers it his personal mission to make traveling a gentler experience for himself and for everyone he meets. Pretty great, huh?

Simply by shifting his attention from the things he can’t control (TSA, delayed flights, crowded waiting areas, crying children) and paying strict attention to that which he can control (his attitude, his gratitude, his sense of humor, his breathing, his recognition of the Divine in everyone he meets) Jason manages to turn what can be a grueling experience into a blessing.

When you keep your focus “out there,” you are a victim.

When you keep your focus “in here,” you’re a transformational agent of change.

Little shift; big difference.

This little missive is #3 in a series of 7 that I’m doing to encourage you to Start Right Where You Are.

Start Right Where You Are is a lovely, live, 6-week teleclass that starts next Friday, Oct. 16th. It’s only $197 (payment plan available) and, as usual, “satisfaction guaranteed or your tuition cheerfully refunded.”

Here’s where you can go to find out more about it:

And here’s where you can watch the straight-from-the-heart preview event:

Which got these responses:

“awesome very helpful answer – so joyfully actionable. I’m on it!” – K.

“totally laughing out loud” – C.

“Yep! I even snorted” – T

“love that reframing – actually brought tears for honoring and being authentic..” – K.

“very emotional…. thank you Sam” – S.

When was the last time a webinar made you laugh AND cry?!!?

Plus there’s a special offer that’s only good for the first 50 people who take advantage of it, so listen SOON, OK?

So just to recap, here are your opportunities:

1) Spend 15 minutes right now working on a project that is dear to your heart.

2) Watch the “Procrastination & Desire” video here:

3) Check out Start Right Where You Are at and see if it feels like a good fit for you.

And please write me back and let me know how it goes for you, OK?

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