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Here is why saying "I can do that" will keep you stuck, Part 1




Many of you know that I am a Purpose Coach and Career Strategist but you may not know WHY I am so passionate about the work that I do.


So here’s me – sharing a bit more about me.


As a parent of 2, now teenagers, I have been guilty of the “I can do that” syndrome and I have come across so many of other parents, specifically moms, who get pulled into the trap of what they “can” or “should” be doing as opposed to what energizes and excites them.


Believe me, I get it – we have all had to be superwoman or superman at some point in our lives because stuff had to get done and there was no one else to do it.


What I learned, however, is that sometimes you get so caught up in what you “need” to do – that you never actually take the time to figure out what you were “created” to do – and it’s the stuff that you were created to do that makes YOU better and helps you make an impact on your children and in the world.


During the safety briefing on any plane ride, they tell you that in the event of an emergency, you should first, place your own oxygen mask on before placing the mask on your dependent. This is good advice in all areas of life because the simple fact of the matter is that you cannot give what you don’t have. If you pass out from lack of oxygen, you can’t help those you love.


The “I can do that” syndrome has not only kept many brilliant people (myself included) stuck in the mediocre zone but it has caused us to model that (albeit unintentionally) for others in our life.


What I found is that if you don’t identify your purpose – your “why”, it’s easy to lose yourself in the “I can do that” trap.


And here’s the kicker - the “I can do that” trap will keep you very busy – but it will also strip you of real joy and purpose in your life.

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