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Things to Think About - Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open

Things to Think About
By Pepper de Callier

"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”  Alexander Graham Bell 

When I first read this quote, it sent a chill up my spine, because it reminded me of how frozen, in the face of fear, I had been, earlier in life, when facing what I felt was an extreme challenge.  All I could focus on was the possibility—the inevitability, really—of my failing, that I couldn’t bring myself to see anything else. This is what people call “choking”.

What helped me to get beyond this is when I enlisted the help of an “imaginary friend”.  I had better explain.

Depending on the challenge, I would choose who I wanted as a friend—someone who would serve as an advisor.  It could be a character from a book or a movie, a relative, or someone well known for solving this type of problem.  Then, I would ask myself, “What would they do if they were faced with this situation?”

This allowed me to step back, lower the stress level a bit, and get a new perspective.  Eventually, challenges became easier to deal with and, I might even say, fun.  If you felt a bit of a chill, when you read this quote, give a friend a try and you may be surprised at the outcome.

Good luck on your journey!

About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at /

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