I was cleaning up my out of control inbox in my quest for inbox zero (is that really a thing?), when I came across a gem from Amy Porterfield. It caught my attention immediately because it had a photo from one of my favorite movies, Seabiscuit. So, of course, I had to stop and read it! #becauseseabiscuit
And I’m glad I did. Because it spurred me into taking a specific action in one minute that I’d been dreading for months. And the avoidance of it was beginning to create some serious anxiety in my life.
So, what was it that lit a fire under my ass to take said dreaded action?
BLINDERS! Putting blinders on.
Sounds a bit counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Most of the time people see having blinders on as a bad thing. If you have blinders on, how can you see much of anything?
Well, as Amy pointed out in her email, horses often wear blinders during races – and for good reason. Blinders keep the distractions at bay so the horse can keep his eyes on what’s in front of him (the finish line.
And like Seabiscuit, I have my own finish line to keep my eyes on – building my business! But unlike him, I tossed mine by the wayside.
Over the past several years, I’ve taken on random freelance jobs to make ends meet. And they’ve been AMAZING. I’ve gained skills I couldn’t have learned in a better way.
But these jobs had also become distractions. Especially with my bold 2019 New Year’s proclamation to focus on ME and MY business…above all else.
PFFFFT! Be careful when making such statements. Circumstances will arise to challenge your resolve, as if taunting you with, “Are you suuuuure you’re ready to commit?”
If you want to get to your finish line the fastest… you have to TRUST your training and commit to a straight line, head down approach to the winner’s circle.
The proverbial carrots kept getting dangled in front of me. And I kept biting. Knowing the action I needed to take did not inspire me to do it. Yet the pressure was mounting and it was about to take me right out of the race.
And that’s when Amy’s email happened. As I was reading about her own AHA “blinders” moment, I became painfully aware of how fed up I was with my inaction. I finally hit threshold – the moment when the discomfort of staying the same becomes greater than the discomfort of changing – and did what I needed to do.
I PUT THE BLINDERS BACK ON! I literally quit the distractions! I sent messages to the people I needed to communicate with, letting them know that it was time for me to move on.
I realized I put myself in this position and that I was the only one who could change it. I’d became fearful of letting people down and losing out on that income. Total lack mentality. But thank goodness for the wake up call.
Putting the blinders back on has given me the clarity I was craving. Like writing this post. Which I’ve been meaning to do since before January 1. Well, it wasn’t this content. I didn’t know what to write. But as soon as I took the action, aligning with my values once again, inspiration cracked her whip and now you’re reading this post. My first ever business blog post!
By putting the blinders back on, I’ve reoriented on the finish line and have been making progress in the right direction since. One foot in front of the other.
Funny how that works, isn’t it?
And THAT is how you see clearly with blinders on.
I’d love to hear from you. In what area of your life will you benefit the most by putting the blinders on? What is waiting for you at your finish line? Let me know in the comments below!
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Oh I know it well – so thanks for passing on one of your distractions to me. HAHA. The business coach I’m in a course with uses the terms keeping your eyes on your own paper as well. Same concept. Still one of those things I struggle with. Focus. I’ve gotten much better but have a long way to go yet.
I love seeing this from you and can’t wait to watch you excel!
HAHA! I love passing my distractions on to you. Consider it me ringing your bell! LOL. In all seriousness, I think it’s a lifelong practice, staying focused, especially as the tech advances and we’re bombarded with more and more distractions. It’s definitely a skill to continually cultivate. That’s for damn sure! Thank you for being my very first commenter on my website, Lauri! Sending you lots of….FOCUS! <3
Hi Christin, I love your article! I love your writing style anyway but the point you’re making here really rings a bell for me, too! Especially during the first six months of the year when very often I had to un-focus from building up a business and re-focus on completing my Eutaptics level 4 requirements. So thanks for this nugget of wisdom and strategy! Much love, Yvonne
Hello Yvonne! Thank you so much for reading the post and the kind words. I’m really happy it rang a bell for you. It was such an AHA! moment when I read the email and I just knew I had to start slashing and burning the distractions from my life. Being an entrepreneur is certainly not for the faint of heart, is it? Thank you for the support, my friend. Sending you much love! xo
Like these race horses, we may benefit from seeing less of the distractions around us and feeling more of the innate confidence that we were born to cultivate. Sometimes we need to accept that we don’t need to see the big picture. We don’t need to see who will cross over first. We just need to run the race the best we can, with heads held high and with hope in our hearts. Sometimes moving forward wearing blinders is the best way to make our way to the light — to the pinnacle of our desire. Blinders limit our view while allowing us to keep our eyes on the prize and most importantly, our faith in ourselves.
Nicely said. I really appreciate what you said about keeping our faith in ourselves.That brings up a very great point – that so often when we’re getting distracted by others, we’re also comparing our “race” to theirs. And I personally find that to be disempowering. And when I’m feeling disempowered, I’m doubting myself. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. 🙂