Double Black Diamond

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I often tell my coaching clients to stop thinking.

“Thinking is all bad,” I say. “You’ll just think about why it won’t work.”

This comes up with clients working on a career transition. Clients who are dreaming about doing something new. Maybe something risky. I often tell these clients a ski story that I’ll also share here.

This winter, I was skiing a challenging run (Snake Dance, for you locals). My kids were waiting for me at the bottom of a particularly steep, narrow little section. Lots of trees and rocks. Risky.

I was eyeing the drop, trying to get up my nerve.

“Don’t think about it, Mama,” my 12-year-old daughter called up to me. “Just go for it…” (Read the rest of the story at The Seattle Times.)