[Th.I.N.K.] “You’ll Never Be Ready…”

Life is growth.

And yet, we shrink in the face of opportunities to grow.

Because growth is pain. We don’t like pain.

So when life presents us with an opportunity to grow, we often choose to stay where we are.

“I’m not ready.” Or whatever reason we give ourselves.

And it’s a plausible excuse. Plausible, because there’s always some truth in it.

How much CAN one person handle at once? You need recovery time. You need time to relax and enjoy as well.

And it’s easy to buy into your own rationalizing when there’s truth mixed in.

However, while growth IS pain, growth is ALSO joy. Deep satisfaction. Real pride.

Grow personally and your influence, impact and income grow too.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Edison

Here’s what I’ve noticed.

You go through your days with an Inner Knowing that you’re capable of more, specifically in area X.

And one day you have an opportunity to do something about X.

There’s a catch: Acting on that opportunity, well… it’s gonna hurt.

You don’t feel ready.

You don’t have the money. You don’t have the time. You don’t have the knowledge. You don’t have _____.

And so you wait. And the opportunity passes you by.

Well, notice what just happened: You chose the illusion of comfort over growth.

I say the illusion of comfort because this comfort comes with a perpetual nagging inner voice, always reminding you that you’re settling for less than you’re capable of being.

AND really, it’s worse than that.

If you don’t push yourself to what you think is your limit, you never find out what your limits really are.

David Goggins didn’t wait to run his first 100 mile 24 hour race until he was ready.

Neither should you or I.

The point isn’t that you or I should run 100 miles in 24 hours. The point is that you and I each have our own version of a 100 mile race.

And when the opportunity to run that race shows up, you won’t feel ready.

Here’s what you must remind yourself of at that time:

No one is ever ready for their next big opportunity.

HOWEVER, it is those who commit to run their next “race” even before they know how they’ll finish… They’re the ones who feel the pride, joy and deep satisfaction of living.

The rest?

They get daily angst. And ultimate regret.

So next time your opportunity shows up, and you don’t feel ready

Take it.

Dov Gordon

[Th.I.N.K.] Things I Now Knew:

Essays that take a closer look at wisdom I heard years ago, and set it aside because “I know that already.”

Years later, I’m beginning to actually understand them.

Hence, “Things I Now Knew.”

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