Incident to Action


“Screenwriters talk about an “inciting incident,” an event that radically upsets the balance of forces in the protagonist’s life. It is an event that provokes a desire in the protagonist that he must satisfy, or forces the character to take action in pursuit of a goal. Sometimes an inciting incident can be negative, like a job loss or a serious illness, but other times it can be positive, like winning the lottery or getting a promotion. Without an inciting incident, the character will not change, move forward, or take action in pursuit of a goal, because there is nothing to provoke them.” from a YouVersion devotion

What moves you to make major change?

Are you a quick-start who decides and leaps or does it take some serious provoking before you make your move? Great fortune falling in your lap? Or becoming sick and tired of being sick and tired!

Like me you’ve probably experienced some combination of both.  Having a mini-stroke was the deciding factor in my ending my first marriage. My mom’s death pushed me to close the chapter on my corporate career. On a more positive note, friends are dropping opportunities in my lap that are helping my business grow.

We don’t have control over what type of ‘provoking incident’ is coming our way. What we CAN control is learning to listen to and trust our internal compass and staying mentally prepared to process the ‘incidents’ in ways that benefit and don’t derail us.

I have clients who question receiving the very thing they desired or who cling to known misery instead of risking going after what they crave. And I’ve been there too!

But when you know, what you know, what you know, NOT going for what you want is simply a colossal waste of time. Let That S%#t Go! We don’t always have to wait for an inciting incident to make positive change.

What I Let Go:

OPP (other people’s perceptions)

What are you ready to let go?