There are only a few times that I would have the guts to tell someone they aren’t any good at something. Today I am telling you why YOU aren’t any good.
I have a favorite quote (the origins are debatable and the original quote is much longer, and better, but this is the essence):
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now[tweetthis display_mode=”button_link”]Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now[/tweetthis]
This quote is powerful because it makes no mention of the skill level needed to begin something.
It doesn’t talk about the connections you need to make it big in any endeavor.
There is nothing that says that if you are not any good at something, that you shouldn’t do it.
What I hear…
It says to start. That’s it. Begin. You will get better. I like to think that the AOF Podcast has gotten better in the last two years. I know that athletes (you) get better with focused training over time. I have had people ask to be better runners who honestly couldn’t run 100 yards without stopping. They started training, strengthening, working on form, they got better.
I imagine myself doing something amazing every other day. I see a movie or read a book and want to reach that level of perfection, or inspiration. Most times, I never start what will make me that version of myself but every once in awhile when I do, things start to happen. They are always good.
Quick example: I had been contemplating organizing a membership and apparel line for this site. I finally finished up the final touches, it took me 2 months, and in the same day had two calls that could make a huge difference in what AOF is all about. There wasn’t a direct relationship besides the decision to act.
The takeaway, you aren’t any good…
So this is the harshest takeaway of all time. You aren’t any good and here is why:
You aren’t any good only because you haven’t started.[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@athleteonfire” display_mode=”button_link”]You aren’t any good only because you haven’t started.[/tweetthis]
- Stop waiting until you feel perfect to start.
- Stop worrying about what other people think about your dreams.
- You want to run 100 miles? Start training.
- You want to write a book? Get a notebook and start writing.
For me, the biggest resistance is what people from my past will think of me. I’m over that(mostly). Bigger things are waiting and life is too short to not start now.
You aren’t any good right now, but that is just because you haven’t started. Dive in and see what you are capable of. I promise there are people that aren’t supporting you that will get behind you 100 percent (I’ll help you find them).
Start now. Crazy things will happen that never would have because they couldn’t. Here is the rest of the quote.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
So, what are you wanting to start?
I would love to help anyway I can.
Is it entreprenerial, physical, in the arts? If you tell me yours I’ll tell you things I want to start. Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scott Jones started Athlete On Fire two years ago. He had never done anything in the world of audio, training online, blogging, or just about anything that it has taken to get this thing up and running. Read more articles below.
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