From Overwhelm to Overachievement: Reframe, Redefine, Succeed

A Message from Penny Forward Founder and CEO Chris Peterson

Last week, I wrote about the importance of conquering our own limiting beliefs to pave the way for a financially secure and comfortable life. Today, let’s chat about another hurdle we often need to tackle – conquering the limiting beliefs of others. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the effort.

Now, I get it. Life can be a real rollercoaster, especially when you’re struggling to make ends meet. When your rehab counselor says that you need to whip up a resume or draft a business plan, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. I mean, who isn’t intimidated by a blank page when they’ve never crafted a resume or business plan before?

Questions start swirling in your head like, “How long will this take? Do I even have the skills for it? What if people don’t like my idea?” Overwhelm can quickly turn into fear, triggering your fight or flight instincts, and making you procrastinate or reject advice outright.

But here’s the deal – most rehab counselors genuinely want to see you succeed. They’re like your life coaches, and they’re trying to guide you through the crazy maze of opportunities and obstacles. Sometimes, it might feel like they’re making you jump through a gazillion hoops, but let’s reframe that perspective and see how those hoops can benefit you.

Take writing a resume, for instance. It’s more than just a chore; it’s an opportunity to remind yourself of your skills and experience. You’ve got to talk yourself up on that piece of paper because nobody else will. Plus, it’s not just about what you say; it’s about how you say it. Just like dressing appropriately for a job interview, your resume should be dressed up for the job you want. Fix typos, format it nicely, and add a touch of your personality or professionalism depending on the industry you’re aiming for.

Similarly, a killer business plan isn’t just a document; it’s your pitch. It’s your chance to convince yourself and others that you have a brilliant idea, and you know how to turn it into a successful venture. It’s not just about what you say, it’s about how you say it, too. Your language and presentation can either excite or terrify people about your idea.

Your rehab counselors, they’re kind of like your investors. They’re backing you in your job hunt or business venture, and that’s why they want to ensure you’re on the right track. You may need to jump through their hoops, but you also need to ask for help. If they ask you to write a resume, don’t hesitate to ask for guidance on how to make it awesome. They’re your resource, and they can connect you with professionals who can help you put your best foot forward.

Now, I’ve heard that counselors can be resistant to unconventional business ideas. They might steer you toward more traditional paths because they want to protect you from failure. But remember, not every musician becomes a rock star, and not every artist becomes world-famous. Success might mean earning a comfortable living by creating music for podcasts or designing cover art for YouTube channels. Even big corporations hire artists and musicians for branding. So, don’t ditch your dream; just refine it. Seek support from resources like the Small Business Administration or SCORE.

Penny Forward is also here to help. Our one-on-one financial counseling is your ally in your journey to find a job, start a business, or do anything that lets you legally make more money. We’ll help you manage your newfound riches wisely and watch them grow. We can even empower you to have those constructive conversations with counselors, employers, and potential customers about your progress.

Finally, a challenge to teachers, rehab counselors, and all you professionals out there – let’s conquer your limiting beliefs about blind individuals. Blind folks are thriving in almost every career imaginable, from skilled trades to the arts, business, and technology. Instead of trying to steer us toward the safest paths, why not help us hone our ideas, skills, and talents to excel in careers or businesses we’re passionate about? And I know you’re swamped, so consider utilizing coaching services like Penny Forward to provide your clients with the support they need to reach for the stars.

Let’s all work together to break free from those limiting beliefs and create a world where everyone can pursue their dreams and succeed.

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