All of us have brilliant ideas. All of us have far-fetched dreams. We’re all geniuses. Yet few of us actually follow our great ideas and dreams. That’s what separates those that do and those that don’t.
Why do so many great ideas die before they really begin? For whatever reason, we don’t initiate the ideas. Or if we do, we somehow sabotage them before they ever really take off.
There’s a ton of reasons we do this. It may be fear- fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success… whatever. We may get bogged down in the logistics and minutia and lose sight of the big picture. Maybe we surround ourselves with people the intentionally or unintentionally sabotage our efforts.
Regardless of the reason, we can’t overcome the roadblocks. In his book Linchpin, Seth Godin briefly mentions a challenge corporate coach Deanna Vogt offered him- complete the following sentence:
“I could be more creative if only…”
This exercise is magical.
It immediately identifies the excuse you have to overcome to reach the goal. Once identified, you can then work to overcome the excuse. Once eliminated, you have no choice but to move forward.
Since we’ve started our travels, many people have expressed interest in doing what we do to some degree or another. I give them all the advice I can. Most seem REALLY interested. Sadly, I don’t think many will follow through. The pull of the apparent security of their present life is simply too strong. There will always be a lineup of excuses keeping them exactly where they are now… which is NOT chasing their dreams.
I’m going to begin suggesting they use the “If only…” statements to identify their excuses. Once identified, it becomes much easier to overcome the roadblocks.
How can this be used?
“I could quit my job and move to my dream location if only….”
“I could try barefoot running if only…”
“I could sign up for this challenging race if only…”
“I could start my own business if only…”
“I could begin my own blog if only…”
“I could eat 35 Taco Bell bean burritos if only…”
And so on.
The key- use the term to identify the excuse. Make a plan to overcome the excuse. Live your dream.
Give me an example of how YOU will use this exercise to to chase one of your ideas or dreams in the comments section.
I don’t usually recommend an off-topic blog post within another article, but this one is a must-read. Christian Peterson, the Maple Grove Barefoot Guy, wrote a post about how we use science. I had a similar article planned, but Christian summed it up better than I would have. If you’ve ever used science to back up anything you do, including barefoot running, read this.