If you don’t like where you are, move!
You are not a tree.
— Jim Rohn
Jim Rohn was born in 1930 in Washington state and grew up on a farm in Idaho. He had an early career as an entrepreneur, growing a large organization and moving up in his business. After that work, he became a motivational speaker and traveled widely to share his thoughts on professional development. He died in 2009 in California.
This quote by Jim Rohn appeals to me because there are many ways to interpret it and apply it. The interpretation I’ve been thinking about recently is the way we get stuck when we get scared. We all experience times in our lives when we get scared. We feel paralyzed, so we wind up sinking down into the fear and get trapped in what is happening.
For me, I immediately think of how scared I was during the flooding of our offices at Your Wellness Connection. Last summer, Kansas City had a major storm and the basement of my practice flooded. I had wonderful contractors who came to work on it quickly and they had the work nearly completed when we had another terrible storm. The basement was flooded again. All the work had to be redone.
I felt stuck in my fear because I was worried about how we would continue to help clients. There are many practitioners who use the basement space to help people. I was also scared about the financial toll of remodeling the basement twice. I knew it would be expensive and flood insurance is difficult to get in many areas. And since both storms happened so close together, I was scared about it happening again.
During times when we are scared, we all have the choice to move. As Jim Rohn says, “If you don’t like where you are, move! You are not a tree.” Moving requires us to face our fears, and to believe that it will get better.
I use affirmations and quotes to help me get unstuck and start moving. After the flooding, I frequently repeated “This too shall pass,” which is one of the affirmations I regularly use. It reminds me that these situations don’t last forever. Whatever situation you are scared about will change or end. I also repeated the quote from Winston Churchill, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Churchill treats hell like a tunnel on your roadtrip. It is dark inside, but if you keep going, you’ll be back out in the light in no time. He reminds me that I have the choice to keep moving.