When I speak to people about my One Degree Shift community, I emphasize the importance of having support and encouragement to make significant shifts in your life or take small steps toward your goals. Why? Because I know a tiny shift can completely change your life.
To understand this, consider the boiling point of water. At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, just one degree more, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam, and that steam can power a train. So, what made the difference? The one extra degree. Just as one degree off in your calculation in sailing will take you to a whole new location, so can a one degree shift in your perspective lead you to better, more rewarding outcomes in your life. One tiny shift makes a difference as you pursue your dreams and goals or attempt to make any meaningful changes.
What small change can you make today that has the potential to transform your life?
It could be a shift in your mindset or in the way you speak to yourself – your inner chatter. Perhaps it is a shift to greater confidence or to taking bigger risks and trusting yourself more. Whatever it is for you, when you make a one degree shift in your life, it is transformative.
Here are four shifts that have personally changed the way I show up in the world today and have also allowed my private coaching clients to make powerful changes in their lives. I believe these shifts will support your forward movement too.
#1 Make a Shift from Fear to Belief in Your Dreams
Until you fully believe in yourself, you will be tempted to dumb-down your dreams to something you can easily see yourself achieving or you will give up dreaming altogether. Eighteen years ago, when I left my corporate career to start my business as a trainer and personal development coach, my belief rarely exceeded the size of my checking account. Your banking account should never be the starting place for imagining greater possibilities for your life.
Like I discovered and you will soon realize, if you haven’t already, we have the capacity to be and do more than we think we can. So, don’t allow your fears to shrink your dreams or cause you to play small. Create dreams that stretch you and call you to become a better version of yourself. Big dreams give you the motivation to move forward and the humility to ask, open to, and receive help.
Do you believe in your dreams? Imagine what would happen if you did.
#2 Make a Shift from Doubting to Trusting Yourself More
Probably the number one thing that turns up the volume on your inner doubter voice is when you let yourself down. I work with my private coaching clients to shift this behavior so it is no longer holding their self-esteem and confidence hostage.
Are you curious how you might doubt yourself and let yourself down? There are many ways we demonstrate a lack of self-trust, but here are five areas where my clients (including myself) have made the shift.
- Failing to keep commitments and promises I’ve made with myself.
- Engaging in limiting, negative self-talk that causes me to abandon my dreams.
- Attending to the needs of others while denying my own needs.
- Disconnecting from my inner guidance and intuition.
- Feeling I have to work hard to prove my value to others.
And, because I didn’t trust myself, I projected my doubts onto others. I tried to do everything myself because I didn’t trust, which is never a good idea when pursuing big goals and dreams. Are you a Lone Ranger dreamer?
In the early days of my business, I rarely asked for help, especially in any significant way. I perceived needing help as a weakness and I was afraid of being disappointed or taken advantage of. That had to change in order for me to live my purpose, and I suspect the same is true for you because we all need support to make our dreams a reality. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. And, every dreamer needs a dream community.
When you share your dreams with another doubter, her doubts will only magnify your own. But, when you connect with a like-minded tribe, people who are already playing at the level you’re striving for, you will find motivation and new ways to share resources and inspire each other. Just remember, asking for help doesn’t make you less successful, it is a strength that makes you more successful.
#3 Make a Shift from Shortchanging Your Dreams to Investing in Yourself
Whatever is important to you will show up in two places: your calendar and your checkbook. You can’t realize your million-dollar dream on a dime store budget.
In the beginning, I only had the confidence to make small, low-risk investments in my dream. As a result, I only saw very small, insignificant returns. This frustrated me because I couldn’t deny that my dream required more money, and it also called for more of me.
Making a one degree shift means playing full out and realizing the time, energy, and finances you invest in your dream is directly related to how much you truly believe in it. If you don’t believe, you won’t invest.
I offer you this powerful perspective from our Soul of Money Learning Circle in One Degree Shift community. It’s a quote from the author of the book Lynne Twist:
“All around you are resources. You may not see them until you open your eyes to them. There is an abundance of people on this earth who want to contribute, participate, and take on some of the work.”
I had to adopt a different belief about money to make a bigger impact in the world. Rather than continue to hold on to the messages I received like, “money is hard to come by, money doesn’t grow on trees, and people with money are greedy and no good,” I began to say (and eventually believe) that money is a tool that enables me to do and give to work that is meaningful to me. Each time I valued my gifts and asked for a sale in my coaching and lifelong learning business, I kicked a hole in my wall of pride built with bricks of unworthiness and arrogance. My relationship with money is not the same today. I had to transform my money story and shift from a scarcity mindset to one of sufficiency. And, you will have to make a shift too in order to make the difference you are meant to make in the world.
#4 Make a Shift from Spinning in Activity to Taking Purposeful Action
If you feel stuck in any area of your life, examine your actions. Because if you’re not moving, you’re probably not taking action in that area. I discovered this some years ago during a weekend mastermind with my Dream Coach, Marcia Wieder. There is a difference between action and activity.
Activity will keep you spinning your wheels and making no progress at all. Although it feels like you’re busy doing a lot of things, you are actually producing very few meaningful outcomes. I’ve been there and it’s exhausting. You will soon realize this too: Activity is acting without purpose and it is futile.
I like this truth shared by Joan Baez,
“Action is the antidote to despair.”
As you begin to take purposeful action—even small steps—and begin to see success, your momentum will build. Then, before you know it, you have made a quantum leap toward your dream.
How do you shift from activity to action? You go deep inside and connect to your purpose—why you do what you do in the first place. Then, as my coach instructed me that weekend, each day you do the ONE most important thing to move your dream forward.
What shift can you make today to improve your life? Tell me in the comments below.
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