The Greatest Moonshot of All Time
Here’s how to use it to inspire your own great adventure
It’s time we take a step back and tip our hat to the greatest moonshot of all time…Man’s landing on the moon.
50 years ago…on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong made history when he stepped on lunar soil and uttered his now-famous phrase:
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Just seven years before, a young president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy had challenged the nation to shoot for the moon with these words:
“We choose to go…not because it is easy, but because it is hard,because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”
If you or your companies giant leap hasn’t happened yet, maybe you should set your sights higher…MUCH HIGHER …maybe you should challenge yourself and your team to DO HARD THINGS…to achieve an awe-inspiring goal and TRIGGER A MASSIVE RIPPLE EFFECT that could pay off for a lifetime.
While we all have different goals and aspirations, we all love and benefit from doing something BIG and CHALLENGING — something that inspires us to reach the peak of our potential jailbreaks us from our comfort zone, and transforms us into a better, far more capable version of ourselves.
The ultimate reason to go for a moonshot is to entice you to become the person it takes to stand up, get into the arena and deliver.
The Seven HUGE Rewards for Shooting for the Moon
1. A Challenge Develops Mental Toughness
It’s actually pretty simple. You either rise to meet the mental demands and physical rigors of a challenge, or you succumb to them. And because victory begins in the mind, all challenges are initially won or lost between your ears.
The very nature of a challenge sets an appropriate stage for practicing mental toughness, which by definition means a psychological edge that enables one to remain focused and confident during high-pressure situations to perform at one’s full potential.
Mental toughness means bending the body’s software to control its hardware.
It works if you’re standing over a putt on the 18th green. It works if you’re presenting to a roomful of people. It works if you’re serving for game, set, and match.
2. A Challenge Stands Down Fear
A challenge is unique in that it immediately engages the fight-or-flight mechanism, and you never know how you are going to react until you are faced with it.
Fear is never a reason for quitting. It’s only an excuse for those unwilling to face their doubts, insecurities, and mental boogie man.
Therefore, your first duty in rising to meet a challenge is to conquer fear and the mental resistance it brings along with it. Get rid of it quickly, or get steamrolled by it.
If you’re ever going to find your greatness, you must decide that what you want is BIGGER and more important than the fear which prevents you from achieving it.
3. A Challenge Inspires Courageous Acts
Courage is the greatest resource you have in rising to meet a challenge. What good is a challenge or a big, ambitious goal if there is no willingness to overcome fear, mental and physical resistance, adversity, or self-doubt?
The conceptual opposite of courage is cowardice. We are therefore confronted with the reality that we either habitually practice courage, or we habitually practice cowardice.
Courage is remarkable in that it takes on the form of every virtue at the testing point. When courage is tested, it manifests itself in the form of character, initiative, self-control, and responsible behavior.
When cowardice is tested, it presents itself in opposite forms to include bad character, procrastination, excuses, and blame.
4. A Challenge Tests Your Limits
It is imperative that you accept this reality: when you rise to meet a challenge, you will never be the same again. You either cope or crumble. You become better or bitter. You emerge stronger or weaker.
It has to be this way, as a challenge exists to tests your limits, to push you beyond the breaking point, and to separate you from the herd.
You’ll never know the full measure of your potential until you are tested. You can never be sure whether you’ll step up or falter in any given situation.
Passing the tests presented by a challenging goal proves that you are tougher, more resilient, and far more capable than you ever imagined.
5. A Challenge Builds Self-Confidence
Think of a challenge — any kind of challenging goal. Ask yourself, what role does self-confidence play in rising to meet that challenge?
The fact is that no mountains can be climbed, no hearts won, no opportunities seized, no books written, no elections won, and no victories enjoyed without self-confidence.
Now think of something you fear — anything that makes you flinch. Ask yourself, what role does self-confidence play in overcoming fear?
Fear is the greatest enemy you will ever face. It impedes your ability to succeed physically, emotional, spiritually, and financially. Fear negatively impacts everything you want to be, do, and have.
The inspired ability to rise to a challenge and climb great heights is directly attributable to your self-confidence. As your challenges build, so does your self-confidence.
6. A Challenge Demands Superior Execution
A challenge has limited value if not overcome, and expecting to get better results from the same old behavior will only succeed in perpetuating your current situation. It will NOT get you to another level of performance.
Great companies, lives, and families are built around extraordinary execution skills.
The better you execute, the better you perform and the bigger the challenges you can take on. It’s that simple.
You must become acutely aware that a challenge has razor-thin margins for error and will not tolerate lapses in judgment or sloppy execution.
It expects you to give it your undivided attention…and it calls for profound self-discipline.
7. A Challenge Calls for an Indomitable Spirit
It is irresponsible to take on a big challenge without the will, heart, and mindset to win it, as nothing can withstand the power of an indomitable spirit.
In your efforts to rise to meet a challenge, you will be buffeted and pummeled. You will be criticized and opposed. You will be attacked and assaulted. You will struggle and fall.
Your commitment will be relentlessly tested, and that is precisely why a challenge calls for an indomitable, unconquerable spirit.
Having an indomitable spirit means that you have the type of spirit incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished.
If you passionately believe that you are up to the challenge and committed to seeing it through to the end, it is your right and responsibility to cultivate an unbeatable mind and enforce your will over the world.
GOING FOR A MOONSHOT involves psychological trauma that induces fear, self-doubt, and insecurity, while simultaneously dislodging you from your comfort zone, ultimately bringing about superior performance.
By going after a big, challenging goal…you provide yourself with proof that you have what it takes to become one of the great ones of your generation.
This proof cements in your mind that you are the type of person capable of greatness, and that you really can do anything you set your mind to.
Allow me to wrap this up with a close worthy of this mighty subject…
The ultimate test of the impact of your life is twofold: whether the world you leave behind is qualitatively different from that which you inherited, and what grand contribution you made to that change.
That’s why I’m calling you out right now.
There’s no better time than right now to…Stand up, stop tweeting, step into the arena and challenge yourself to DARE MIGHTY THINGS!
Make it the very next thing you do!
Gary Ryan Blair is creator of the 100 Day Challenge…a radical approach to goal achievement that shows people how to achieve 10X size goals by applying the methods and best practices of growth hacking.
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