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Keep Calm and Carry On is a phrase you see and hear a lot these days. Ironically it was designed by the British government during World War II to be used to keep up morale in case of a German invasion. Fortunately, they never had to be used. Then randomly, a bookseller found the poster in a box of books he had received at auction and framed it on his wall..from there the sentiment took off.
The idea was in stereotypical British fashion to keep the stiff upper lip and in essence–“never let them see you sweat”. I like to think of it as just keep going, one step in front of the other…don’t panic, and carry on. Another poster that I have found oddly inspiring says “keep making things idiot”. Again similar concept of just keep going, keep putting one step in front of the other. Keep creating, keep making new things, keep growing.
I find comfort in these sayings because I too need the reminder that change is hard. We need to show up every day and put one front of the other, handle the fear, embrace the joy and create. No matter what change you are engaged in: figuring out what you really want to do, looking for a new job, building a business or simply changing a mis-perception you have of yourself. You have to start someone where you have to simply ‘keep calm and carry on’. In today’s society of instant everything it is so easy to get caught up in instant change, instant success, immediate gratification. But real lasting change, real lasting success takes time…it takes one foot in front of the other. One phone call, one email, one belief, one creation.
In our fast paced world it is easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to other people or ‘shoulding’ all over yourself. True change, true success comes from staying calm, listening to yourself, and carrying on one foot in front of the other. So today I encourage you when your anxiety fires up or your fear monger’s voice becomes louder than your own, remind yourself to simply…keep calm and carry on.