One thing that saddens me is unused potential. Here are some keys to playing big for massive growth.
This article will help you to play and think bigger in your business and life!
Quotes on Playing Big and Pushing out of your Comfort Zone
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo (Click Here to Tweet)
“Many people try to avoid pressure, yet the absence of any tension or pressure usually creates a sense of boredom and the lackluster experience of life that so many people complain about.” ~ Anthony Robbins (Click to Tweet)
“Put yourself in places that make you nervous. Nerves are really the only way to know that you’re being stretched. If there hasn’t been a moment of nerves in your life for a month, it might be worthwhile asking if you’re pushing hard enough.” ~ Nick Crocker (Click to Tweet)
“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle (Click to Tweet)
“If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.” ~ Seth Godin (Click to Tweet)
“The biggest rewards in life are found outside your comfort zone. Live with it. Fear and risk are prerequisites if you want to enjoy a life of success and adventure.” ~ Jack Canfield (Click to Tweet)
How to Play and Think Bigger
There are a few key moments in my career that I can look back at and connect the dots as being times in my life that forced me to grow. Some of them I have shared on my Periscopes (username rayhigdon) recently. Here are a few moments that are responsible for massive growth in my life and career…
1. My reaction to my first bombed attempt at public speaking. I was a junior project manager for a county government and my boss, who I respected A LOT, asked me to present the details of the project I was working on in front of our group. I didn’t sleep for 3 days and did so terrible at that presentation that she asked me afterwards if I was on drugs. That week I enrolled in college and signed up for every speaking course they offered in that first semester. It literally terrified me and that is why I did it. I didn’t know it at the time but that was a key moment in my life where instead of shrinking from fear, I decided on playing big and moved forward uncomfortably.
2. Leaving a safe, high-salary job in county government to go into the private sector. 1-2 years later in that same county job I had gone from a junior project manager making around $30k a year to a database administrator making over $70k a year. I attribute 90% of that growth to my boost in confidence of getting over my fear of public speaking via college courses and toastmasters. Most people that hit that level of salary in county government NEVER leave. I had the hunger of growth and took the leap to go into the private sector, took a pay raise and ventured into the unknown.
3. Leaving corporate America for good. About a year after that jump from county government to an insurance company, which, boosted my confidence even more, I started reading books on being an entrepreneur and on real estate. One year later I decided to leave the world of salaries and venture into the wild world of being an entrepreneur. That was ten years ago. Everyone I knew thought I was crazy but even though it was a scary move, and I was NOT ready to jump, making that jump was one of the best decisions of my life. Leaving a $80k salary to go to a guaranteed nothing with no benefits was without a doubt crazy but it is those moments of getting uncomfortable, sometimes EXTREMELY uncomfortable is where we have our biggest growth.
We’ve certainly made some uncomfortable decisions the last few years like starting our own events, investing in high end coaching and more but without those key events that happened years ago, none of what we have right now would be here, so here’s the questions you may want to ask yourself if you are serious about playing big..
Questions for Massive Growth
1. The results you currently have (relationships, finances, etc) reflect what you know and how you implement and follow through. Do you feel your current results represent you in the best light?
2. What is something that stirred you inside and caused you extreme discomfort? One of my coaches told me that what we most resist is the one thing that will make us the most money and help us to impact the most people. Since she taught me that we tend to run TOWARD discomfort.
3. If you are serious about playing big but you know you have to get uncomfortable to get there, how soon would you want to grow?
We only have so much time on this planet. I hope this helps you to make the tougher decisions out there, get uncomfortable and start learning to grow faster THROUGH your discomfort. A great book on this sort of thing is the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I highly suggest it and it just may help you to start getting out of your own way and start making a bigger impact.
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