In recent blogs, I’ve discussed the idea of turtle steps with my readers. Turtle steps is the idea of breaking your goals into very small “doable” achievable pieces. Pieces so small they are easy to accomplish, but each step leads to a very big goal getting completed. Some of my clients have resistance to this idea, they want it all and they want it very quickly. When the “all” doesn’t happen quickly, they are frustrated.
Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Penelope Przekop discuss her book “Aberrations”. I read the book and found it to be not only well written, but a true example of many of themes I discuss with my clients and readers. It is the story of a young woman who has struggled with a disability and a host of limiting beliefs that have kept her stuck in many areas of her life. Before I expand on the challenges of the main character Angel, I wanted to mention the book’s author, Penelope Przekop. When I read the book I was immediately struck by the beauty of Mrs. Przekop’s writing. I imagined her sitting down effortlessly writing this magical prose. When Mrs. Przekop spoke to the book group she mentioned that it took her 10 years to write this book. She is married with children and was working as well as finishing a master’s degree during this time period, so she had to put the book aside for a period of time.
This is a prime example of what I have been trying to share with my clients: it doesn’t happen immediately. It takes time and persistence. It takes the faith that the small turtle steps will lead to a finished product. Too many people give up on their dreams too quickly. There will always be obstacles, big and small, but if you keep a clear vision of the endgame, you can achieve your ultimate goals.
“Aberrations” is the story of a girl named Angel Duet, who suffers from narcolepsy. Besides having this life altering disability, she is also experiencing difficulty growing up without a mother and living with a father who is still suffering from the impact of losing his wife. Angel closes herself off from the world and to any intimate human relationships. She believes she can’t be “normal” and avoids opening up to people. She seeks out situations where she can not thrive as her true self and hides behind her narcolepsy, instead of facing her limiting beliefs about human relationships.
The story evolves from Angel’s painful past, into a discovery of truths about her life and beliefs that eventually free her and allow her to experience great happiness. The happiness she always wanted but had locked herself away from. I have mentioned that a part of being successful in your personal and career life is about really being true to yourself and uncovering those beliefs that are holding you back from what you want in life. This is not easy and is something we all struggle with, it takes work. But if you don’t get some clarity on the limitations you’ve created, you will bring those beliefs into all areas of your life.