Before you do another thing, are you clear about where you are going and why? We’ve become a society of frantic doers, not taking the time to reflect and get clear before taking massive action. And even when we do create a strategy, it is often in the old way of thinking, and so our plans have trouble taking root… the road map has changed, and we get so busy “doing” that we miss the signs along the way.

We can be so inflexible and stuck that we lose our sense of humor and dig in all the harder, burning ourselves out. Did the title of this blog cause you to criticize the improper grammar? Can you take a joke? Or are you so rigid that if anything is out of the predictable you get irritated?

Here’s the dilemma we are all in – the old way is evolving into the new, unknown, and to the logical mind it’s scary. Yet, we are no longer able to ignore our fears, slap on the mask, and bury it as “business as usual.” No, we now have to pull up the courage to face our fears, do some internal work, and actually grow in our awareness.

Welcome to a Brave New World. Ready to play a new game?

Not only has the road map changed, but the old industries are falling down. We have to call on our imagination, creativity, muster up courage, and put to use all of the skills that we’ve acquired to date in our career and entrepreneurial journey. In other words, we actually are being forced to innovate – a novel idea!

In order to take aim, we need to not only figure out where we are going and why we want to go, but we will also need to examine if we believe we are the person who can be, do, and have what we desire. We need to examine the stories in our mind that are distracting our focus – stories that distort our self-esteem and self-image.

Actually, one reason we have so much trouble adapting and innovating is that we don’t “see” ourselves being able to change or do other than the way we’ve always done it.

We also don’t make time to reflect and let our imagination expand. Herein lays the core trouble with actually implementing our vision. We don’t believe in our self, and we can no longer get away with not dealing with the whole of the system. We can run but we can’t hide. We take us with us wherever we go. If we want our vision in all its glory, we are going to have to do what we need to do to change ourselves to align with where we want to go.

This is a matter of perception and understanding how our amazing brain can keep us stuck – how we lose our true personal power. The problem is not with the brain; it’s with the way we have been taught, unwittingly, to wire it! We cannot go successfully into the 21st century carrying the mental and emotional baggage of the past. We need to take aim at the blind spots in our awareness, and then we will see more clearly how to take the inspired action that will manifest our visions and goals. So, again, do you “got aim”?

Author's Bio: 

Valencia Ray, M.D. teaches business owners and corporate leaders how their amazing brain can actually hijack personal power -- not in the abstract, but in the context of integrating business and personal life. Dr. Ray, a board-certified eye surgeon and medical business owner for over 20 years before selling her practice, shares her own life changing process. By sharing her story, she helps others to expand their vision and learn that by living with purpose and confidence, it is possible to have a more integrated, healthier lifestyle – with less struggle, more inner peace and more abundance.

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