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Posted on Dec 29, 2017

Change Your Present. Starting Here.

Change Your Present. Starting Here.

Living through a difficult time? Have you experienced disappointment, disagreement, or maybe disenchantment? Are you finding it a challenge to move forward?

Feeling stuck?

This can happen in business. This can happen in your personal and/or professional life.

You can’t change the past. But you can change your future by changing your present.

5 Questions to Change Your Present

The first step in moving forward is to acknowledge what’s not working and identify what you need to let go of and what you need to stop.

Here are 5 questions to ponder:

  1. What can you stop doing that will generate a feeling of relief?
  2. What is not benefiting you or others?
  3. What expectations do you have that are unrealistic?
  4. What is draining your energy?
  5. Which of your differentiating values have you ignored or minimized, and why did it happen?

Once you’ve identified the problem areas and determined what you need to stop, the next step is to determine what you need to start.

Of course, starting something new can be scary.

You don’t know if it will work. You might not have all the resources. You might fail.


But the act of starting something generates hope. It opens up new possibilities. It provides benefits to you and others.

So, where to start?

Whether you’re starting new, starting over, or starting again, start from where you are.

3 Levers to Get Started

To help you get started, recognize 3 powerful levers available to you:

  1. Your network. Don’t start alone. There’s a team of people ready to help you.
  • Spend time with others. Tap into their energy to build momentum.
  • Ask questions. If you’re not getting the answers you need, ask a different question.
  • Listen intently. Listen for patterns. Listen for what is not
  1. Your history. You can’t get rid of it, so use it. Be strategic.
  • Identify and hold up relevant truths as guideposts to lead you forward.
  • Leverage what worked and stop doing what didn’t work.
  • Build on your history, especially failures, make it part of your story.
  1. Your leadership. Don’t wait for someone else. You are a leader. So lead!
  • Observe and learn from other successful leaders. Adapt and try the same principles.
  • Find a relevant book (new or old) and read it. Share and discuss with others.
  • Show up. Take action. Learn from failures. Repeat.

Lastly, identify and define a few key values (ideally just 3). These are the perfect filter for ideation, prioritizing, decision-making, and holding yourself (and others) accountable.

Get started today!


For additional help, read Why Values Are The Key To Business Success.