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I’ve noticed that when I hit a snag, experience a setback, or am somehow knocked off my game, I feel lost. It’s like I landed on someone else’s Boardwalk space in Monopoly and it has two hotels on it. I feel like I have to get back to where I was. And I hope like the devil someone lands on my two-hotel property – twice – so I can feel like I haven’t lost any ground.

As I notice this, I realize I’ve been living most of my life in the get-back state, trying to catch up with something, only I don’t know what it is. I judge myself for losing net worth during a recession – like I should’ve known better. Like I AM the money that’s no longer there. If that’s so, then who am I now? Funny. I’m down on myself because I didn’t know better than the financiers and economists in charge of our monetary system. That doesn’t really make a lot of sense … yet here I am. What’s left for me is to look at the whole thing differently, to ask: “What’s the story I could tell myself?”

If I look at the story I am telling, it presupposes that the past is real. Yes, it did happen. But that’s trying to get back to something that’s no longer here, rather than talking about what’s real here and now. It was in the past, but it’s no longer here now. A better choice is for me is to look at the facts of my current situation and work from here. With that perspective, I’m not trying to get back to anything, I’m just looking to build, like I always have (and hopefully always will!).

The lie we tell ourselves is that there’s any “back” to get to. There is only now. And it’s now when we make plans for the future. My opportunity is to take all the creative energy I’ve been spending on getting back to some past success and apply it to moving forward.

Now the questions are: “What do I want to get to?” and “How do I get there from right here?” Then I do the only thing I or anyone else can do in this or any situation. I take a step. I take action. Here and now.

– Jeff Youngs

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