Stop Using Yoda as a Crutch… The Force is Strong with YOU

With the down economy, do you find yourself having a negative, self-defeating attitude like Luke Skywalker had in The Empire Strikes Back?

Yoda tries to get young Skywalker to use the force to lift his X-wing from the depths of the Dagobah swamp but Luke, a doubting Thomas, doesn’t really believe that he has the power to lift a bazillion pound ship out of the depths using only his mind.Meet Paula Smith!

Sounds like a piece of cake, right?

Luke tries and tries, while Yoda, his teacher/life coach is right there by his side the whole time, telling him he can do it. But still, Luke doesn’t believe in himself and cannot move the craft.

Finally, in light of Luke’s self-defeat, Yoda steps in and does the job for him, with nary a green little whisker out of place!

Lesson learned? Stop having a defeatist attitude and make the choice to believe in yourself!

The reason Luke couldn’t lift the X-wing was because he didn’t believe HE could do it…not because it was IMPOSSIBLE! Don’t tell yourself any action is impossible… it probably isn’t, and someone has probably done it before.

You have the ability to take control of your success, and learn from your periodic failures.

Stop relying on others to step in and take control of an “impossible” situation. You have the power to control your own actions and destiny, to advance your own life’s direction.

Come on…don’t you think you’d feel more in control by knowing each day you have the power to choose your own path and actions? Choose to make one more sales call, to attend that networking event, to thank one more customer, to plan for a more successful tomorrow by changing your thoughts and following them up with actions.

Start by adjusting your mindset. Be confident in yourself and your professional expertise. Focus on opportunities rather than putting energy into fearing what might happen. Brainstorm the possible obstacles you might face in the workplace and plan a strategy to deal with the issues ahead of time.

Take a cue from Jim Henson: “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.”


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Paula Smith / / Office: 410.685.2679

About the author

I am a third generation printer, and a second generation owner of Curry Printing. Ink (pms 185!) must run through my veins! As a "working owner," I am at Curry every day, working in and on my business. The old adage is true...if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life!

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