Those who don’t take chances don’t make advances.
John Mason from the book ‘An Enemy called Average’.
Did you take enough chances last week? Have you invested time in moving forward with some of your ideas? If not, why not? We are already at the middle of August. Be bold. Make a move. Just taking a chance on a few ideas and goals could make August ‘Awesome and Accomplished.‘
SEAT WE HERE AND DIE?
Some folks I know, lepers, cast offs, unable to function because of the constraint of their situation were overheard during a famine and war situation saying to themselves:
“Seat we here and die?”
If we seat here, we could die of hunger or war bombs. If we move forward, the enemy may kill us, we may be arrested, Ebola could take us out. There could be a bomb blast, or maybe even someone may kidnap us. The government policy may even change half way. The hospitals may shut down. The clients may not want our service or may not be willing to pay for it. What if they don’t like how we approached them? What if we run out of money before we get there? What if they shut down flights to and from our countries? What if foreign investors stop coming? What if there’s a salary cut? What if after I take the new job, the company folds down? What if I put in the bid and we don’t win? What if? What if! What if?
MAKE THAT MOVE.
One of them determined to take a chance, saying, ‘…but if we stay we could die? If we move we could die or we could find food and live’.
What if we took a chance, what if we made a move, if we chose to ignore the naysayers, if we refuse to be harnessed by our fears, if we refuse to allow the voice of the majority determine our fate? What if we ignored what the market is saying? What if we did our homework, did massive research, gathered the intelligence required, asked the right questions, reached out to the right people, covered our faces with masks if necessary, followed proper hygiene protocols, found a partner, reviewed our business plan, revised our strategy or brought in new staff to help. What if we did all that was required and then made a move? Could we possibly end up with major accomplishments? Could we end up feeling a bit more awesome at the end of each day, week, month or year? What if it worked out? What if, things turned out for good as we make the move?
Those who don’t venture, never gain.
Those who don’t take a chance never make advances whether in life, at work or in business.
SEE A FRESH PERSPECTIVE.
As you start this week, take a good look at what you’ve accomplished and celebrate how far you’ve come, then review and recognise the areas where you’ve held back. It could be that you have limited yourself through fear; through listening to too many negative news, or not putting information or bad experiences in proper perspective. Perhaps it’s time to revisit those limiting beliefs or hurdles.
LEARN FROM THE BOUND HORSE.
Or it could be that you are like the horse I saw recently during my run. Someone, something, or even your company’s policies may have set you up to be limited in the chances or territories that you can venture through. But you don’t have to stay stuck by the limitations that have been put around you. This horse, even with its legs tied, kept moving. It moved out in search of food for its survival. It was bound, but it kept moving. Ever so slowly, but it kept moving. It even tried to remove what had been used to bind his legs. And why not? Who says any condition needs to be permanent? …and what do you think happened to the horse?
Whatever is stopping you, keep on moving this week towards your highest goals. Remove the obstacles that you can and need to. Understand there’s so much territory out there. Don’t let challenges stop you this Awesome and Accomplished month of August.
To your success and greatness.
Remember to stay safe, practice good hygiene. Don’t spread rumours about Ebola. Instead educate yourself and everyone around you. Whatever you do, don’t let panic stop you from making a move this season.
P.S. Remember my red bus… I went back to see it up close and personal. It remains my metaphor for success. See photo
Top Quotes of the week:
Culled from An Enemy Called Average – John Mason.
– “Even a turtle doesn’t get ahead if he doesn’t stick his head out”.
– “Insulate yourself from negative people and ideas”.
– The person that really wants do something finds a way; others find an excuse”.
– “Dream big and strive to reach your full potential”.
– “It is better to be alone than in the wrong company”.