How Big Is Your Glass?

…’You can’t fit a big dream into a small life.’ – Les Brown.

Imagine you took a pitcher filled with water, and a small drinking glass. Filling it, you don’t slow down as the glass begins to overflow and spill all over the countertop.

Daft right? It wouldn’t take a five year old to tell you that you’d never get all of that water into that little glass.

But that’s not how people do things.

They dream of making a thousand dollars a month, when they’ve only got the makings of a ten buck guy in them.

They dream of a owning a best selling book, but they can’t keep their butt in a seat for longer than five minutes.

They dream of being a social media influencer, but can’t even post for longer than week.

And they wonder why it’s not working for them.

As Les said above, having a dream is nice, but you better be prepared to hold up your side of the equation.

It’s putting in the hours, reading the books, getting out of your comfort zone, and showing up when no one notices or cares about what you’re doing.

The bigger you get however, the more attractive you’ll be to your goal. Because let’s face it, why would a goal be attracted to someone that’s sitting on their butt watching daytime TV.

It’s not like they’ll appreciate it, treat it well, or be grateful that it finally showed up. Why? Well, because they did nothing to achieve it.

Same goes for all of us.

Yes, there’s probably a millionaire in you, a best selling writer, a huge online business owner, but when you’re limiting it’s entry by only allowing it to come in through the keyhole, don’t be surprised that’s it’s taking a long time doing the actions you’ve always done.

So, compared to your goal, how big of a glass are you?

Too small? Then it’s time you did something about that.

Now, if you’re limiting your fiction book sales with bad books cover, here’s where I’d go to up your game.

What Are You NOT Channeling?

…care to guess what content I’ll be putting into today’s blog post?

How about the one a week from now?

My next product idea?

Let’s face it, you can’t. And some days even I get out of bed wondering what I’ll be writing about that day.

Five minutes later, I might get inspiration from something on the radio. Or it could come from a podcast I’m listening to when I’m out walking with Summer. Or it could simply be a whisper in my mental ear to go in a direction I didn’t think of.

What I’m trying to say is, you’re not me. You don’t see things the way I do. You don’t make the mental connections the way I do. And you haven’t got the life experiences that I have. Your life might closely mirror mine, but there’s differences there.

Same goes for you.

Les Brown famously speaks about a friend of his that wanted to be a speaker like he was. She had all the degrees on communication, but she just couldn’t see herself up on stage talking to an audience.

One never to talk anyone down from taking up a challenge, Les tried his best to convince her that she had it in her. If he could do it, she could do it. And for the longest time he coaxed her out of her shell. But she never got there.

Long story short, she passed away and never got to fulfill that dream.

Going back through his papers after she died, Les found that some of her writing had got mixed in with his own. Going through half written poems and plays, he sadly knew they could never be finished by anyone else but her.

Out of all the billions of people on the planet, no one would ever know what her next sentence would be. How she’d finish that poem. What her character would say next. All because she was the only channel the work was coming through.

There’s a blog post that only you can write. An email that’s going to inspire someone today filled with your words. A short story that’s going to make someone rethink their life, or want to be a writer like you, because of the idea you came up with. Or a business idea that only you’ve been given.

You…yes, you.

That person that’s always looking down on themselves, doesn’t believe in anything they do. And has doubt as their constant companion.

You’re the only channel in the world that those words and ideas can come through.

Not anyone else on the planet….but YOU.

Just like no one could have written blog post, but me.

If you’ve got a beating heart, and on this side of the sod, you’ve got a chance to free that idea while you’re here.

Sometime in the future that channel is going to close forever. Put it to work while you’re here.

Can you do it?

Here’s something important to remember.

PS – Now, what to write about tomorrow? Hmmmmmm…..

Here’s One For The Ungifted

…”It’s easier to believe that their talent was God given and not that they worked their asses off.”  – Tom Bilyeu

I assume all of us have a hero we look up to. It’s the fiction writer with those best selling books, the blogger with an unbelievably popular blog, or that guy in town that’s got a thriving business.

“Now those guys and gals are gifted….they’ve got that thing I’ll never have!”

Ever have the thought sneak in a second or two after you’ve thought of your hero?

The next thought then is usually, “Well, I’ll never get to the level they’re at, so why bother.”

In that moment you’ve got a loophole, a get out of jail free card, an alibi for not doing the work of following your dream.

Because as Tom Bilyeu said above, it’s easier to think that what they have is a God given gift, rather than looking at it from the viewpoint of “I wonder how many hours did it take for them to get good at that?”

When you look at it that way, not only does it make what they have achievable – if you put in the work, and learn more about what you need to know – but it also turns off the green eyed monster in you.

One that would never think of going up to that person and asking …’Hey, how did you get to where you are?’ But instead, sneers, criticises, or just throws out that dream you have of being like that person.

Because they’ve got it lucky, and why would you want to follow a person that has luck just fall at their feet every day?

Here’s the thing, talent doesn’t always guarantee you a number one slot. If anything, more God given talent has been tossed away on the scrap heap of life than ever used.

So the next time that…’God given talent’..thought comes to mind, ask yourself instead…’I wonder how much work they put in to get to where they are?’

Follow that thought and you’ll get closer to joining them.

As for me, even with my all my massive God given talent, I still use this daily system of content creation   🙂