Years ago my husband and I went skiing for the first time in Durango, CO. At the top of the slope, he would ski down the blue run while I took the green beginner run. Yes, the bunny slope. I never fell, not once. I was careful, a bit slow, but I didn’t fall. He fell a few times, got up and kept going.
Next day I chose brave and adventurous. No more green slope. If I fell, I fell. Without saying anything, we got off the ski lift. He took off down the blue slope, expecting me to repeat the bunny run.
When he glanced back he saw me right behind him. I was following as closely as possible (and faster than I’d prefer) but I was determined to keep up. I only fell once or twice. I didn’t break anything, and it was great fun!
With only a day’s experience of skiing and falling and getting back up, Mike became my coach, and I became a better skier. We had a blast!
My takeaway from this? Something I have to remind myself from time to time. Break out! Never settle for past successes (like never falling on the safe slope). Take that next challenge. Set your bar higher. Go farther. Do what others think can’t be done. Amaze people. Amaze yourself!
Don’t rest on past success. Take the next challenge. Set the bar higher. Amaze others. Amaze yourself.
You’ll be glad you did! Go for it!
The Internet has leveled the learning playing field with training, information, programs, and new opportunities every day. When it comes to getting that easy business windfall as advertised by so many online pitches, it’s easy to feel like all we really need is the next training or product we just heard about. But beware of Wishes in the form of Bright Shiney objects that scream This One is that elusive, no-effort-required, magic bullet. None are. But wait…the next one might be…
2 Step Success Formula
Did you know that most lottery winners are broke in five years? Why? Winning isn’t a skill. Lotteries are wishes, and while some wishes do come true, it’s more luck. Those lottery winners didn’t learn to manage their money well before their wish came true. Learning those skills isn’t sexy. It doesn’t sound like fun. It’s easier to think “It’s mine, so I’ll spend it any way I want.” Until it’s gone.
Before it’s a dream, it’s just a wish. It’s fun to have wishes. Wishes don’t require action plans. Sometimes they’re spontaneous moments of fun. People wish they could earn a lot of money, go on vacation, not work so hard, eat without getting fat, be healthy without effort, have luxuries. Wishing you could play in the pool could be as simple as jumping in. But if you wish you knew how to swim, then you’ll need a goal and plan to learn to swim.