Have you ever had a killer idea, one that was going to knock it out of the park, make you wealthy beyond belief and set you for life? Then, life got in the way – as it usually does – and you put off launching it for a few days.
Days became weeks, weeks became months, and months became years.
Suddenly, while enjoying your morning coffee and browsing the world wide web you spot it…your idea…and you feel that anger build up inside of you… someone has brought YOUR idea to market!
How dare they!
Once the initial anger fades, frustration sets in. How could they? The nerve. Before long, the conversation in your head switches from frustration to disappointment and even regret as you realize that, although it COULD have been you bringing your idea to life, the fact of the matter is you didn’t, you put it off and the opportunity passed you by.
We’ve all experienced similar situations, times when we’ve had great ideas only to find out someone else beat us to it.
But the truth is, they didn’t beat you. In order for them to have beaten you, you would have had to get started and been part of the race.
If someone is outside running in a race and you’re sitting on your couch thinking about participating, that’s not defeat in terms of you losing to them, that’s defeat from yourself. That’s YOU losing to YOU.
So many people are living life on the sidelines, they aren’t even in the race!
My dad used to say “opportunities are like windows passing by, you’ve only got a small chance to jump through the open window while it’s directly in front of you. Jump too soon and you’ll miss or hit the edge, jump too late and the same happens, It’s only when the time is right, when the opportunity is directly in front of you that the window is open wide, waiting for you to jump in. But the windows don’t wait, they’re constantly moving, and if you hesitate to grab the opportunity it passes in a blink of an eye.”
How right he was. I can still hear him saying “shoulda-coulda-woulda” as I told him how unfair it was that something had “come and gone” and that I missed out.
I knew exactly what shoulda-coulda-woulda meant… it meant that I’m the only one responsible for grabbing opportunities or letting them go.
Opportunities just “are”. They aren’t trying to lead you astray, they aren’t trying to trick or manipulate you, and they aren’t trying to avoid you. And they don’t feel bad if you miss them, or good if you grab them, they just “are”.
Opportunities are everywhere, and for the one looking and ready, they can strike and take full advantage of them.
We all have moments of doubt, of resistance, of hesitation. But it’s when those moment become out first thought on a consistent basis that it becomes a problem.
In my fitness days, I used to tell my clients “Don’t take days off. Life has a way of providing you with days off naturally.”
Birthday parties, traffic, sickness, weather, you name it, life happens and you’re going to miss opportunities, so when there is one in front of you TAKE IT.
Life is full of go-getters.
You know who they are, they’re always chasing the next big thing or crying about the big one they missed. There are go-getters around every corner. Heck, everyone on social media goes around shouting “hustle hustle hustle, work all day, legends never sleep, blah blah blah”.
Go-getters aren’t lacking in this world.
DOERS are a rare but powerful breed.
- While you’re perfecting your sales presentation, someone else has gone and sold the very prospect you we’re planning on pitching.
- While you were trying to get set up for that knockout punch, your opponent steps in and takes you out.
- While you we’re aiming for the perfect slap-shot, the other team swooped in and took off with the puck.
- While you were doing “market research” for your new business idea, someone opens up the very same idea across the street.
I challenge you, from this day forward, to become Anti-Gonna.
You know those people…
“I’m gonna get in shape this new year”
“I’m gonna make a sales call”
“I’m gonna go fishing”
“I’m gonna play hide-and-go-seek”
I’m gonna _____________”
If you adopt the Anti-Gonna philosophy, where you don’t talk about doing, instead you DO, you’re going to achieve far more than you ever thought possible.
Listen, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
You’re not gonna get it in if you don’t shoot.
It’s time to DO. It’s time to walk the walk. It’s time to jump in and make sh!t happen.
To your success,