Do Something Different

Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” Do something different. Step outside your comfort zone. I have done exactly that several times in the past several years: I started this blog. Changed roles at work. Twice! Changed departments once. I was able to do this because: I believe in myself and my capabilities; I am not content to stay put; and I push myself to learn new things, have new experiences, and GROW.

While that’s a word I used, a quick search led me to discover it is also an acronym for a coaching framework for goal-setting. Perfect! I want to share these simple steps, which might help you when devising a plan for reaching your goals and pursuing your dreams.

G = Goal – This is your end point where you want to be, what you want to have, or what you are trying to accomplish

R = Reality – This is where you are currently.What is preventing you from reaching your goal or pursuing that dream?

O = Obstacles, Options – What obstacles are preventing you from doing that thing you want? Identify the obstacles, and then “step outside the box” and look at options for tackling that obstacle.

W = Way Forward – This is where you examine those options and devise your path forward.

Take some time to jot down those answers those questions and think about what you are trying to achieve. So now you have examined your options, and plotted your path, what’s stopping you? It’s time to make that change, do something different, and reach your goals. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Have the courage to step outside your comfort zone, try something new, and pursue your dreams. Like Walt Disney said, “All our dreams CAN come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” You never know until you get out there. 

Have you tried something different, outside of your comfort zone lately?


Author: Cynthia, My Inspired Fibro Life

Wife. Mom. Fibrowarrior. Joy seeker. Picture taker. Coffee drinker. Blogging about living with fibromyalgia and finding inspiration in every day life. Welcome to My Inspired Fibro Life.

7 thoughts on “Do Something Different”

  1. These are excellent questions. I know I’ve always had a tremendous fear of failure that’s actually kept me from trying things. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten a little more daring but I’m still hesitant. I’m going to use these questions regularly to push myself. Thank you!

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  2. Lovin’ your article and I Tweeted it out to my Followers @DrMargareAranda. Just a comment that this is great inspiration as I am always ‘reinventing’ myself. People have always made fun of me for that but I don’t care. Great inspiration here and thanks as I’m branching out as an Event Promoter on Twitter. Feel free to Tag me @TheRebelPatient, a private account that well, many of us ‘get.’ THanks for All!

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    1. People shouldn’t make fun of you for trying to improve! I am always trying to improve myself too! To quote Vince Lombardi “Perfection is not attainable; put if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

      Thanks for spreading the love!

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      1. “You’re always re-inventing yourself,” said half-jokingly by more than just a few. I graduated Cosmetology school at 19 years of age, after graduating high school at 16. So yes, I do my nails once a week. I get my hair done. I also cut and color for my friends’ hairstyles. I’m thinking more about this since reading your article and can only conclude that aging has gained a greater appreciation for artistry within my own person. We give so much to others, us women, and it’s good to redirect some of that artistry back into ourselves. We all need to change in order to affect change for the better. So I’m giving myself permission to keep reinventing myself. 😉


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