My question for you is, when are you going to do the thing? That big thing? The one that makes you a little queasy and pretty uncomfortable. Why am I asking? Over the last several years, I have been watching The Voice. Every year as the new season starts, I am highly impressed by those singers/artists who are auditioning. They LAY IT ALL ON THE LINE. How hard do you think it would be to audition or present yourself in front of celebrities who may even be your idols, not to mention be featured in front of millions on national television? Yet, they submit their application, get chosen to audition and then go out on stage alone and put everything they’ve got out there.
Which brings me back to my original question. When are you going to do the thing? When are you going to LAY IT ALL ON THE LINE? What will you do? How will you get your brave on? What gives you the jitters? What makes you say, “Oh man, I really don’t want to do that but know I need to”? What will you do that others aren’t willing to do? If you’re not, why aren’t you? What’s the worst thing that could happen? Or better yet, what’s the BEST thing that could happen?
Several years ago, I signed up for a free seminar and decided not to attend—I was tired and busy. However, a week before the event, the PRESENTER himself called me to confirm that I was going to be there and to tell me about the training. What do you think happened? I WENT. Not even necessarily because of the content—it was the phone call! He did something that separated him from anyone else at that time. Something others weren’t willing to do.
Right now, I am making some big investments so I can make some bold moves. It’s crazy scary, but if I’m not willing to try to look at my business differently and do different things, then how can I grow, scale, or challenge myself? And how can I ask that of my current and future clients?
What can you do to lay it all on the line? What do you feel you must do but just can’t? What will it take for you to leap? Lack of clients? Lack of money? A decline in motivation and passion? Do you want to succeed? Do you want to grow? Then you MUST be willing to lay it out there.
But how do you do that and still feel safe?
1. Tell someone.
Tell someone what you know you must do but are afraid to do. This isn’t about asking advice or getting talked out of or into what you want to do. This is sharing with someone who will encourage you and ask you about the details and challenge you to do it or do more or better than you’ve already thought of.
2. Make an action plan.
What will it take to get started, and what will it look like when you’ve finished? For me, it was taking the leap to hire a company to up my game on my on-line offerings and to tighten up my funnel as well as bringing in a coach to talk through my structure and offerings with. The action plan was to book the two of them, and then from there follow the protocol set through the conversations. Big and uncomfortable stuff is happening here with no guarantees. But let’s face it, what we do has no guarantees. But it is worth the risk. I will learn and grow regardless of the outcomes.
3. Be accountable.
Set an appointment with the person you shared your goals and dreams with to let him or her know how it is going. Put a date on things you will do, and check in on those dates. Also, put a date on check ups for yourself on how things are progressing. For the company I hired to shake up my funnel and marketing, I have given six months for them to start at least paying for themselves with what we’re putting out there. We tend to be in things expecting instant gratification, but we do have to give things time. Patience is the number one thing (behind taking action) that’s the key to really taking new risks implementing new things.
This is how ACCOUNTABILITY and SUPPORT work and why they work. No one can do what you need to do for you, and I can’t tell you how to do it—I can only tell you that you must say it out loud, you must take action, and you must PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE like you never have before.
Here is a great article from Forbes helping you get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
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