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Even When It's Approaching Torture, I've Got My Routine

This is one of my favorite lines.

From one of my favorite songs.

From one of my favorite lyricists.

From one of my favorite soundtracks.

From one of my favorite movies of all time.
The song is Momentum by Aimee Mann.

The soundtrack is from the movie Magnolia.

The movie itself, though it can be considered dark, is about coincidences and connections and love.
Side Note: I read somewhere that the Magnolia screenwriter, Paul Thomas Anderson, actually used Aimee’s songs to help write the movie script versus the more standard creation of a soundtrack after a movie is written. How cool is that?
The thing I love about this particular song is how it so aptly describes how I have felt when faced with the unknown. I may have a desire to “seize the day”, take a chance, do something new and then I don’t do anything. Fear, doubt and self-limiting thoughts like “I don’t have the time” or “it costs too much money:  or “I lack the skills” start to put the brakes on my momentum.

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Wow! Condemning the future to death so it will match the past.

The devil we know, right? 

At least she is aware that’s what she doing. That is something I guess.

How many of us accept that things are just how things are, and probably will always be, unless we are forced by something outside of ourselves to change?

We are in our routine. And it can feel like torture, but it’s our torture.

We can’t bring ourselves to “set the scene”.

We stay stuck. No momentum to get the wheels of change going.

The truth is that it really doesn’t take much to get things moving. Then you can let momentum do its thing. Momentum has a life, an energy, of its own. It will propel you.

So, what is one small thing you could do to get some momentum behind making a change in your current career situation or life? 

Laurie's Career Change Tip of the Week

One thing you could do to get things moving is to simply state what you want to be different, where you are blocking your own momentum and how you might change that up.
This week I want you to fill in the blanks. 
  • I have a career dream to:
  • I know I have been stopping myself by:
  • One thing I could do to put momentum behind this dream is to:
If you still feel stuck, then shoot me an email at and mention this blog and I will give you a free 30-minute session to shift your momentum.

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