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Problems and pitfalls are easy to see. It does not take much to shut something down or to be critical. I was good at it – shutting things down. I told myself that seeing the problems was my way to make sure that I avoided the potential risks. What I considered shrewd, was actually more about fear than prudence. Identifying the pitfalls was my permission slip to decline, to shut down, to walk away. I did avoid risk, but it came at quite a cost.
What is working for me better these days? Instead of identifying problems, I first ask myself this question:
What is possible?
This expansive question invites creativity, growth and joy. I am learning to say yes. I still view the conceivable challenges, but I hold them lightly, focusing  my attention instead on potential and possibility.

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. Les Brown

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  1. Well actually, the moon is 384,400 km away. But the nearest star is 40,141,879,395,160 km away. So if you shoot for the moon and miss it, you’ll essentially be no closer to the stars than if you had just stayed home. But you will be very cold and lonely, albeit for a very short time. Just saying.

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  2. Oh definitely. Your “Letters to my Sons” were particularly meaningful to me … something I’d like to talk about the next time we get together in person.

    Meanwhile, if it’s OK with you, I’ll REACH for the stars, while keeping my feet firmly planted on earth. I’ll be no more successful than if I had shot for them, but at least I’ll still around to think about lessons learned!

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