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Wednesday, September 28, 2005 12:17 AM
Develop a 5 to 1 habit
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work

When I talk to people about pursuing their passions in their careers, I often encounter an endless litany of 'reasons why I can't.' It seems to be wired into us to look for obstacles and declare them reality.

One of the ways to change that perspective is to develop a 5 to 1 habit. For every obstacle you recognize, commit to writing down five ideas for getting around that obstacle.

Keep a small notebook with you. When you catch yourself nay-saying, take note of the obstacle and jot down as many ideas for getting over, around, or through it as you can. Over time, you will start to develop the habit of automatically looking for ways around the obstacles as they pop up in your mind.

When your possibilities always outnumber your obstacles 5 to 1, you can't help but come out on the winning side.


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 10/4/2005 10:44:46 AM
Hey Curt,
Having owned my own businesses for more than twenty five years has provided me with some experience in this area. Your idea of carrying around a note book and recording possibilities is dead on. It's also a great visual when you look back to see how things got resolved and how, after reflection, they may not have been worth worrying about after all...Right on Curt! Living la vida fearless, Jan www.tobeyourbest.net
Kimberly Cline - 10/4/2005 10:35:33 AM
I know you didn't mean this as a 'parenting' tip, but I'm going to use it for just that. My son (age 7) has a lot of negative self-talk and a litany of reasons why he can't do something. I'm going to pare down your suggested five to a more managable three and work with him on this. I, too, believe strongly in the power of the written word. Seeing things in writing - your OWN writing - makes all the difference. Thanks for this!
Liz - 9/30/2005 12:14:20 AM
Hey Curt!
When I first read this I thought, wow what a great idea! I think I'll try that!...then to my surprise, I realized that was already doing it! Yay! When you're in the midst of starting your own business it 'comes with the job' that you have to find solutions to problems (or opportunities!) that come up. If not you, who? If not now, when? I guess it's a good sign that I've already figured that out! But I think it's a great idea anyway!


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