My dad used to always say "There are no guarantees except death and taxes."
Growing up, that saying made no sense, but now it does. When world-class athletes set their sights on the Olympics, there are no guarantees they will make it... none the less win a gold medal.
I’ve had the opportunity to ask Olympic hopefuls and former Olympians what it was like the moment they decided to go for it. To go "all in."
All of them said essentially the same thing.
"It was like tunnel vision."
"I decided, and there was no turning back."
They had zero excuses on their quest to be the best. What about us on our quest to be our best?
Maybe you have reached a personal Olympics or maybe you have not. Before effectively moving forward, it’s time to gain an important perspective and peace on past inaction.
If you are like most people (me included), you have started and stopped something important to you. Something that you knew would complete you. Something that was nagging at you like sore tooth. Something that only went away when you avoided it by being too busy to allow it into your consciousness. Something that knocked on your mind when the world slowed down for a moment.
Maybe you entertained the thought briefly, ventured towards the door of success, but you never quite crossed the finish line. Possibly it’s time to acknowledge you did the best you could at the time and make peace with that chapter of your life.
Maybe your cost of inaction then was necessary for you to be able take care of yourself, your family or some other reason that you must accept as valid. If not, this past inaction will be a tack on our journey forward.
Is it your time now?
If so, it’s time to ask what you learned from that inaction, and what is the cost of inaction (COI) if you don’t make progress, now?
If it is YOUR time to make significant progress towards something important to you, here’s a challenge:
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2. Get Clear.
List what’s important to you now, why you care deeply about it, and who else would benefit besides you if you succeed
3. Five Steps.
Choose five actionable steps to make progress that you must do in the next two weeks. Also, list why they are important to your long-term vision. What day and time will you block these things into your calendar?
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Do you feel like everything is catching up with you?
Overwhelmed by your current schedule and possibly underwhelmed by the progress you’re making on initiatives that matter to you?
It’s definitely that time of year, and you are not alone. The good news is that you can have a "mini intervention" with yourself, your schedule, and the impact you’re having, so you can feel less overwhelmed and more in control and on purpose. You’ll likely be more fun to be around too:)
This "Get to Know Yourself" questionnaire will help you next-level your understanding of who you are and what’s important to you. You’ll be looking from a perspective that may be unfamiliar, but this can be a catalyst to ignite momentum and inspire consistent action.