What would you be doing if there was no such thing as fear?
I posed that question to my friend recently, then turned it on myself.
The answer was scary.
Not because I would be doing something horrible, but because the gap between what I’m doing and what I would be doing was still there. And it was larger than I’m comfortable to admit.
Why is that? Why does a gap exist for most people between what they do for work and what they’d like to be doing, or wish they could do, or would be doing if money were no object?
Some of the more skeptical people I know would say, “Because what we would like to be doing isn’t realistic!”
That’s small thinking. I don’t buy it. I think that’s the easy way out. And I’ve debunked that myth in RESET already so I’m not going to spend my time addressing it here.
Rather, I think the answer is self-sabotage.
It’s easier to say “it won’t work” or “the numbers don’t add up” or “how would I even do it” than it is to be vulnerable, raise your hand, and say, “I can do that.”
It’s easier to get all logical about it and question it to death, then go back to working that mediocre job.
I’m an expert in self-sabotage, by the way.
For 7 years I didn’t publish RESET because “who would read it?” or “what if it’s not that good?” or “who would publish it?
Then I published it. And sold 1,200 copies in the first year. And coached more than 200 people as a result. And brought in an income to support my work. And built influence in the area.
When I tell that story, people look confused and say, “So why didn’t you publish it 7 years ago?!” Because 7 years ago there was no certainty. In fact, the day I published it there was no certainty. Isn’t that what stops all of us? No guarantee that it will work?
The better question is “what aren’t YOU doing that you could be doing?”
And what’s stopping you?
Call it what you will, the answer is probably fear, which is a hallmark of self-sabotage.
Trust me, I know. I’m in the same boat.
The way out? Don’t think so much. Just take action. Then iterate. Then act. Then iterate. Then act.
Just. Do. The. Thing.
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