Everything that has happened in your life, especially the hard times, the lonely times and the confused times were necessary to make you into the superb person you are today. Now the question I have for you now is, are you ready to take a leap into the unknown and become the leader that you truly are? Are you going to step up from now and be a hero?
The military has great slogans “Who Dares Wins!” “The Few the Brave and the Proud.” “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” “ Pressure makes diamonds.”
These motivate men and women to serve their country and sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice for it. I am not saying you need to die to lead others. I am saying make a commitment to live each day growing and helping others to become the best of the best on a world level. Pride yourself in having a mission and go forward with steadfast dedication to accomplish it. This is how top class U.S.A. Marines think and act daily. The greater the risk the greater the rewards.
Difficult times only feel bad! The purpose is to toughen us up, to connect us to our dormant potential. In these times, of course, we feel confused, uncomfortable and afraid. However, the main lesson we are being taught is that the conditions that challenge us the most are the ones that lead to the greatest growth, and to our most fulfilling achievements.
Brave people also feel the fear but they continue to act anyway in spite of the fear.
All the best leaders in the world and in history understand deeply that anything that helps you grow and expand as a person is a very good thing. To develop yourself and your leadership skills is a very smart survival tactic, especially these days.
Things often have to break down before they can be rebuilt on a higher and much better quality. To get a breakthrough you need to go through a period of breakdown. As you move from all you were to all you can become, from your past way of working and doing things to a better way of performing, you are going to be in a state of unknowing for a while. Being out there in the wilderness of the unknown will bring up your greatest fears and your limiting and un-resourceful beliefs. You are going to meet toe-to-toe your deepest insecurities, self-doubts and limitations. Remember this will pass. You are moving forward growing, expanding and embracing deep change. This process is how we develop new skills and our natural leadership potential. The old foundations are breaking up and it is frightening, very uncomfortable and feels unsafe. But it is only a feeling. Nothing is bad, wrong or going to kill you. These foundations need to be broken down so better foundations can be constructed. Change works this way. Out of the chaos always flows order. Dive into the change process even if you feel the fear, and you will come out of it at a new order that is significantly better the one you were in before you made the transition. Breakdowns lead us to breakthroughs as long as we don’t quit.
Every day do the thing that frightens you the most and you will transform the fear into power. Keep going into the discomfort zones and take the intelligent risks. This is how to build self-confidence and to become invincible. Push the envelope, the risk, the limits.
Embrace change with wide open arms. Go for the biggest opportunities this will feed your inner leader and will bring you to that place where anything is possible. Just do it! Even if you are petrified being out there on the edge, embracing all the change, it is the safest place you can be. It is the only place where real leaders hang out. It is also a place of super white heat intense freedom. All your fears that are holding you back as a leader and as a person are just the lies you have sold yourself. Stop feeding and investing in them. Life is too big to play small!
Being scared gets you nothing and nowhere. Successful people create success no one is going to knock on your door and hand it to you. You create real success by taking bold risks and seizing opportunities as they come your way. Focus on watching out for these opportunities then you will find more of them.To play on the Master level you need tougher challenges this will give you a tonne of discomfort. But no discomfort means you are regressing on autopilot. This leads to being a failure at life. Your goal is to reach your full potential. Dream the dream you want and step into it.
Until next time I wish you peace, love and success. Martin Acton sensei