Muhammad Ali told the world he’d, “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” to become the world heavyweight champion. To become the champion of your own life’s story and get epic shit done, there is one key principle to follow. I’m not one for a lot of swearing or trash talking like Ali but sometimes a well-placed expletive really helps. Getting epic stuff done doesn’t really have the same ring does it?
Want to get epic shit done in your life? Start before you are ready.
That’s it. No long step-by-step process. No multipart action plan. Just start before you are ready.
You’ll figure out how to do it by the time you get there.
Right after I heard I’d been accepted, I ran smack into Resistance. Resistance loves to hold us down and keep us small. It tries to keep us safe.
Life’s too short to stay emotionally safe.
My Resistance loves to tell me I’m not good enough. Ka-pow. That was me kicking Resistance to the curb. Try it. (Hint: It works even better when accompanied by Ninja-like moves.)
I know you could do it, even if you don’t.
You can. Maybe not today. Maybe it seems too “out there” for now. Too far to the right on your personal fear scale. I understand.
But it isn’t like I jumped into doing huge things all at once. Each one has been series of small actions. Small steps (and some going-for-it leaps) that increased my confidence and comfort zone.
Giving a TED talk feels uncomfortable but doesn’t trigger full blown lizard-brain-panic like it might for you. I’ve been creating a “new normal” in my life. Little by little. One action (or interaction) at a time.
People don’t do things because they can’t. They do things because they tell themselves they can’t. Or the people around them tell them they can’t. Most often it is us telling ourselves I’m not _____ enough to do that. Or we want to wait until “someday” when we are more qualified, more adept, more _____.
You are enough. Right now, today.
Once You’ve Gotten Started, Create a Rock Solid Support Structure
Muhammad Ali didn’t become the greatest boxer of all time on his own. He did everything in his power to become the greatest. Some might even say he went a bit too far. Regardless, he had a team of people helping him get there.
Ways to Enlist Support
Put People in Your Corner. Develop Connections. Create a community of supporters- either online or in person. Preferably both. You are the average of the 5 people around you. Choose wisely. Banish the “Debbie Downers” in your life. When people connect with you on a deep level, you inspire others to take action and together you accomplish the impossible.
Google is Your Friend. Someone has done something like you want to do before. Find them on Google. Talk to them. This is where stalking is appropriate. Ask them what worked. Skip what didn’t work. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel.
Form a Mastermind Group. These people are your accountability partners, your cheerleaders, and the ones to give you a nudge when you’re playing small. Here’s a great guide to forming a mastermind group.
Train Like a Champion
Practice as you want to become, not as you perceive yourself to be.
Get a Coach. Coaches and mentors are associated with higher job satisfaction and higher success. You’re worth it.
Be Unorthodox. Muhammad Ali was know for his “unorthodox” style of fighting. Something is only considered “unorthodox” until it has been done before. Create your own “new normal.” Find your “sweet spot” for change.
Get out of the stands and into the arena. We’ll be there with you. Start today. Take a small step.
What are you starting before you are ready? Share in the comments.