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Today, I left my shoes.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 2:36am

Today, I tossed my favorite pair of sandals in the trash.Boy, I loved those shoes. Cushiony wedge bottom, fashionable 2 inch with thong. Perfect for summer. Well, actually, at least a couple of summers. Those shoes went with everything.On one of my recent business trips, at the airport, I caught the heel in the automatic door while dashing for my plane and pulled the “tip” right off. No worries, I pulled my suitcase over to the side and pounded the tip back into the heel and headed off to catch my Southwest flight.I loved those shoes. Problem was, they really were getting worn to the bone.

No, these aren’t my sandals, but they are a good example of WORN OUT SHOES!
Last week I, as I was busy moving between appointments, helping new team members get started and working with current leaders to grow their business, I hopped out of my car and tripped. I didn’t fall, but it seemed like I had “Stubbed my shoe”, kind of like stubbing your toe.
When I looked closer, I noticed that the front of the sandal had split and I had caught the edge of the split as I hopped out of the car.I took a closer look. Man, these shoes were worn. Sigh, it was time. They sat in the car, like an old friend, on the passenger seat floor for a couple of days. Then, as my weekly “trash day” arrived at my house, I knew I had to do it. Before I tripped again, before I almost went sprawling facedown in an airport or a new team member’s driveway as I got out of the car, I knew I had to toss those shoes.Yes, they had served me well, but it was time to move on. Time for something new.
It was hard to leave those shoes behind in the trash, but I realized that although they were comfortable, although they were familiar, although, for a long time, they had served me well, they didn’t serve me any longer.I started thinking…

Habits and thoughts and attitudes are like those shoes.

When we first acquire them, they may seem a bit unfamiliar, perhaps even uncomfortable. But after awhile, they are like that old pair of shoes, well worn into my comfort zone.

But, like my shoes, sometimes those habits, attitudes and beliefs no longer serve us. As we grow, as we develop, sometimes we need to develop new philosophies and take new actions as the old ones don’t serve us any longer.

What habits to you have that aren’t helping you move forward in your relationships, your business, your finances?

What beliefs do you have that are holding you back from REALLY, FINALLY GOING FULL FORCE WITH YOUR CHOSEN BUSINESS?

Maybe it’s time for a change. Maybe it’s time to toss them out like old shoes. Yes, we have to “break in” those new ideas, thoughts, attitudes and habits. And, it might be a bit unfamiliar, maybe a tad uncomfortable, just like a new pair of shoes. But maybe, it’s for the best. Maybe, it’s time for you.

I did it. You can too.

And now, I LOVE my new pair of shoes. And it’s hard to imagine I kept those old ones for so long.

And in the same way, as I’ve committed to personal growth, to developing philosophies and actions of leverage, service and consistency, I can move confidently in the direction of my dreams.

I don’t want to live with old shoes, or with disappointment or regret. So, as Mark Twain says:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


Sue Mazza

One Response so far.

  1. Jacque says:

    I loved the analogy. Find out what is working for you, or not, right! Thanks you!


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