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The Passion Challenge 2015 -- 1st Quarter Tune-Up

I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose. – Kobe Bryant

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of March – and the end of the first quarter of The Passion Challenge 2015. One of the most important things we can do when we embark on a new journey is take time for reflection on where we have been, and where we are heading.

Let’s talk about your successes …

Success #1: Making a commitment to lead a more fulfilling life.

Perhaps the biggest success is having the courage to start on the road to a more fulfilling life.

Success #2: Feeling a bit more comfortable moving outside your comfort zone.

Change requires the courage to exchange the safe path for an unknown journey, with all of its highs and lows.

Success #3: Taking concrete steps to transform your passion into reality.

You can track your accomplishments, both big and small, through your written journal. Take a moment to review your progress, and congratulate yourself for making it this far.

Success #4: Pushing past fear and procrastination.

Procrastination and fear are two challenges that must be conquered to navigate uncharted waters. Three solutions include being more organized (helps with the procrastination), creating a back-up plan and being less emotional/more objective (both help with the fear).

Success #5: Increasing your gratitude and decreasing your negative attitude.

We have so much to be grateful for, and focusing on the positive will help give you strength when the going gets rough. A negative attitude, along with a victim mentality, will take you nowhere.

… and your roadblocks

Roadblock #1: You don’t believe in yourself, so you make excuses not to try.

You cannot give me one excuse NOT to follow your dream. Any excuse you make is simply masking and/or reflecting your fear. The Passion Challenge starts with you being your own best friend and believing in yourself.

Roadblock #2: Losing momentum and wanting to give up.

It’s easy to lose momentum when you are making long-term changes. The Passion Challenge is a MARATHON, so you need to pace yourself and keep your eye on the prize.

Roadblock #3:  You’ve simply lost your way.

Sometimes we can’t see the direction we are heading. The most important thing is to keep moving forward and avoid the temptation to quit. Doing something everyday for the Passion Challenge 2015 – every little step – is a win.

Congratulations on completing the first quarter of your yearlong, and possibly lifelong, quest. If you haven’t started your Passion Challenge journey, it certainly isn’t too late. As parents everywhere know, a lot can be accomplished in nine months.

Remember: Be Fierce, Be Fearless, Be Your Own Best Friend

Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at