This post starts a series of blog posts devoted to influencers in my life in becoming an entrepreneur.
Some of them I met in real life, some of them spoke to me from their books, and I do hope that I will meet them one day in real life.
Some of them inspired me with their lives and work.
Ann teaches how to create financial freedom in your life. Her personality fascinates me and I am amazed with her devotion to South Africa, and her passion to empower women in all over the world.
I came across her book in 2013, I’ve signed up for her Financial Freedom University. That was a highlight of the year in 2014.
I’ve changed my attitude towards money completely and my relationship with money changed as well.
Even though it’s a long way till calling myself a millionaire or financially free. I know for sure that I am heading in the right direction.
I’ve attended Ann’s Financial Freedom live event in October in 2014. It was packed with invaluable information about money management and investment.
But I wanted to share a lesson in setting seemingly impossible goals.
Ann demonstrated how to break the wooden board with just a palm of your hand. And in the beginning I thought it was just a fancy way how to demonstrate goal setting.
I didn’t know that it wasn’t just a demonstration. Our task was to hit the board and break it. The activity itself taught me so much about my approach to difficult tasks.
First of all, I wanted to refuse doing it because I didn’t want to hurt myself.
I didn’t believe that I can do it, so I found so many reasons why I don’t need to do it.
Think for a moment, don’t we all have a “sour-grape” syndrome when there is a slightest possibility of failure.
Do we sometimes give up on dreaming because failing is painful?
Then I became curious, I wanted to see whether I can do it too.
This was the main revelation – curiosity is a remedy for fear.
If you feel fearful switch your mind to curiosity and you will go into a resourceful state of mind.
Then I did it, and it was easy, it didn’t hurt and it was quickly. I dismissed my achievements in a second. If it was so easy, everyone can do it, so it is not a big deal after all.
Only when I saw that not all of people managed to do it and it’s not that easy after all, only then my achievement seemed valuable.
Do you act like this – dismiss your successes, but scold yourself harshly for the smallest mistakes?
Lesson learned – it’s important to appreciate and acknowledge our successes, no matter how small or easy they are. We are worth of celebration!
I took broken pieces of the board home to keep them as a reminder every time I face challenges or set “impossible” goals.