Starting Points by Janet Shlaes, Ph.D.
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~ Nido Qubein
Choosing to embody a starting point life perspective is strategic and empowering on multiple levels. Through this perspective, every moment presents an opportunity to embrace a new starting point and current circumstances provide critical data for advancing toward your goals. This perspective, when intentionally embraced, provides the nourishment for reflection, creativity and growth. As you intentionally shift your personal narrative regarding loss, failure and opportunity, even a perceived failure can be viewed as a starting point to a different way of being in the world. Starting points are the perfect time to reflect on the past, distinguish the status quo, envision a satisfying future and identify the requisite skills and resources to generate your desired future. When approached through a starting point mindset, these times are also motivational and aspirational points, a time when the past informs but doesn’t have to dictate the future. A starting point mindset reveals personal and situational potential, inner and outer resources and facilitates shifting the impossible into the possible. Where in your life would adopting a starting point perspective generate opportunity and forward momentum?
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