I was struck the other night while watching the season finale of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ with the last lines of the voice-over said by Sandra Oh, who is departing from the show; what struck me? How true it rings and how much it applies to the journey of moving oneself from Surviving to Thriving. This past week in my practice has been an excellent example of just how fast and profoundly lives change and so it surely changes as quickly in your life as well.

Here’s what the character Cristina Yang said, “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely. And we’re left only with the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling, not moving, assuming the worst that can happen. Or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant.”

Are you trembling or have you chosen to step forward with the assumption it will be brilliant? I hope you’ve chosen a brilliant future! Do you find yourself however wondering how to move from trembling and unmoving to that space of forward motion?

Here’s what you already know ~ standing in fear will not get you the results you want. No way, no how. It might re-affirm for you that nagging voice, which says you can’t or shouldn’t or won’t be able to, but it will not lead to Thriving and Striving.

How get to get past it? Move. Yep, simple forward motion. I don’t mean to say its easy but doing something, anything, that helps you visualize the path you want to move on begins to allow your brain to shift from “I can’t” to “oh, is that where we’re headed?” Get up and move; take a walk, go for a run, ride your bike, climb some stairs. We know that brains do better, are more creative and more willing to project positive outcomes when they are literally moving.

Howard Marks, a highly successful investor and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management, is well known for his “Dare to Be Great” memos. These memos are sent to their clients and in 2011 he wrote, “The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor”. What does investing have to do with being brilliant or Thriving? Like many other lessons in life, a good lesson applies in many situations so here’s a piece which you might find helpful, “In the end, though, the things I suggest will be of little help without highly skilled implementation, and the results will depend almost entirely on that implementation and rather little on my suggestions.”

You can and have heard a great deal of suggestions as you think about your Independent Practice and Thriving Life but now the task will fall to you to use your “highly skilled” talent to implement those suggestions in ways that fit you and your practice. I’ve given you a ‘little suggestion’ and now here’s my question to you ~ how will you move today? How will you allow that movement to spark you from fear to brilliance? Surviving to Thriving?

Can’t wait to hear from you and learn about your brilliant move!