Stop Waiting. Start Choosing!
Stop it. Stop it right now! You may not even know you're doing it, but STOP IT!
Have I lost my mind? Maybe.
But whether I've lost my marbles or not is irrelevant. You still need to stop doing it.
What is it?
You need to stop waiting for someone else to choose you. It's time to choose yourself.
Sometimes we get stuck waiting for something to happen. We wait for the next big thing, we wait for a phone call asking us to be a guest on a big-name podcast, or we wait to get promoted at work. Those things do not happen.
No one is going to call you up and give you the gift of success. Deep down, you know this is true!
So why are we still waiting for it to happen?
We're waiting because the alternative is taking action. And we fear taking action.
By taking action, we tell the world we choose ourselves.
Who does that? Who stands up and says they're worth the world's time?
People like you and me who are scared to death, that's who.
Courage, despite what you may have heard, is not becoming fearless. Courage is acting in spite of your fear. In fact, without fear, courage is meaningless.
This morning Jeff Goins asked me what the internet needed from me. I thought about it for only a few seconds before I came to a very clear conclusion. The internet needs to hear that
the wait is over.
The internet, no, you, need to know that it's worth your time, effort, and heartache, to step out of the normal flow of life and take a chance on yourself. You need to know that choosing yourself is one of the hardest things you can or will ever do, but that it's worth doing.
Sure, it's easy to take orders and follow the instructions. It's easy to do what we're told.
There's no risk in that.
There's also no security in it either. (Surprise!)
Striking out on your own is hard. Anyone who tells you different is lying to you.
But it's time.
It's time for you to choose you.
It's time for me to choose me.
But a word of caution first. The further outside of the “norm” you get, the tougher some things are going to be.
In The War of Art (Affiliate), Steven Pressfield writes, and I agree, that the more resistance we face, the more we need to do what we’re trying to do.
Depending on your circle of friends, your support network, and your drive to succeed at all costs, you may face a great deal of resistance. Keep your head up, focus on your goals, and put one foot in front of the other.
You can do this.