A struggle that many of us go through is knowing where to spend our time. What can I do right now to further my goals? How can I best serve my community? Where can I have the most impact in my children’s lives? I was listening to a podcast the other day and it made me ask these same questions.
Sometimes there is no right or wrong. Sometimes you just have to go with your heart”
On the podcast, Steve Krivda talked about a yearning to help people. He was frustrated because he didn’t know where he could serve best.
He said when we get stuck at a fork in the road, we need to set our mind aside and lead with our heart.
Your heart will always pull you and push you in the right direction. And the best part, your heart will drown out all the insane voices we hear every day.
I Know You Heard It Before…
If you are one of the 3% of people in the world that has never seen or heard this quote, you need to watch it. Even if you have seen it, it’s worth watching again.
“Until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life.”
When we’re younger, we don’t have limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are those which constrain us in some way. A few easy examples would include “I can’t dance” or “I can’t draw” or “I’m not good with computers.”
Of course, limiting beliefs can also be in the affirmative. For an example, “I am an accountant” which means I do not write computer code or do any marketing, nor should I think about doing those things.
When we’re younger, we believe we can do and be anything we want to be. It’s not until we start listening to the voices of “realist”. Telling us to get a job, get good grades, grow up, and join the real world, that we stop believing in ourselves and our dreams.
Win Your Race
In the podcast, the author tells the story of going to see his young son run a cross country race.
The kids take off from the starting line. And as the author is making his way toward the finish line, this young 8-year-old kid just runs past him like a streak. He’s surprised and thinks the kid must have somehow cheated.
Then he looks up and sees a bunch of other kids running past as well.
He approaches the timekeeper to find out how fast the first kid was running. She replied he ran a 6:20 mile!
That kid didn’t know that a 6-minute mile was incredibly fast (well, fast to me). He just knew he had to run as fast as he could.
He didn’t have a limiting belief. The kid just knew he had to do the best that he could do. The youngster didn’t have a limit of where he could be or how fast he could run.
Think about where you are.
“Oh, I’ll be so happy when I can get 5 leads a day!”. Really? That means you are only impacting 5 people a day. I want to impact as many people as possible.
When the breath leaves my body at the end game, I want to be able to say I did all that I could.” ~ Steve Krivda
“I don’t want to be a loser”, “I’m afraid to look bad”, “I’m afraid this is my last shot.” These are all limiting beliefs.
We sometimes say,”this network marketing thing is all I got, it is the only way I’m going to reach the top.” That’s not the right way to look at it. That’s not the way to think about it.
Even if you are going through a drought or period of doubt. You are here because you know what’s possible!
Vision: The finish line
Let’s talk about Vision.
If your life was perfect, right now, everything was aligned and there was nothing in your way, what would your life look like at this very second?
You’d stop saying things like “if I only had more education”, “If I was just a better writer”, “if I was just better at video”, “If I just had better hair”, blah blah blah!
Now, think about your perfect life. Truly get an image in your head of your life if everything was perfect.
Use all five senses. See it, feel it, hear it, smell it. What do you feel against your skin, what do you hear around you. What do you see, what do you smell? Experience it, feel the emotion of it.
Now that you know that is possible (if you can imagine it, it is possible.). Now that you know it’s real, what would you do in your perfect life right now, in this very second?
Do What You Love
Let me tell you a quick story about Paul.
Paul, who appeared to be in his eighties, was walking down the street.
A young man named Jimmy, came up behind him and noticed the older guy wasn’t that stable. He thought to himself, “this dude is going to fall down.” And sure enough, Paul fell.
Jimmy ran up to Paul and asked if he was okay? Paul laughed and responded, “yep, just help me up to my feet and I’ll be on my way.”
Jimmy was puzzled at his cheerful response. “Dude, you need to be careful. You need to stay inside and stay safe.”
Paul looked at the young man and said, “I love walking more than I fear falling.”
Jimmy was surprised and said “what about your safety? Don’t you want to be safe?”
The old man said “Living means doing what you love to do. If I must fall to do what I love, then it’s worth it!”
Whether you think you can or think you can't, either way you are right.” ~ Henry Ford
So what does this all mean and why is it important to you? One of the messages I continue to learn on my journey is our perspective is our reality. Often this concept is used regarding other's perspective and how our communication with them may be impacted.
But it seems that we forget our self-conversations impact our perspective, and therefore, our reality.
It is important that we do not limit ourselves by telling ourselves what we can and cannot do. We should allow ourselves to experiment with many things, take chances to help figure out what we really enjoy doing. What we do that brings us joy.
Don't let a degree or lack of degree or experience or lack of experience, get in the way of following your dreams and creating a life designed by you.
Sir Richard Branson said, “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”
Let your mind help create your life, instead of limiting your life!
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