"If not you, then who?"
It’s so easy and common for us to look at other people doing incredible things in admiration. People building great businesses, going on incredible trips, and making a real difference in the world. But for some reason they feel separate from us, as an example of what’s possible in the world but when we consider it for ourselves it seems untouchable.
I say this because I’m not immune to it myself, but I also choose to see it from a few other perspectives.
First is that any person who has accomplished anything is human just like me. Whatever another human has accomplished is genuinely possible for another human. A part of me was afraid to admit that, but when I started cheering for other people’s success rather than feeling discouraged when I compared it to my own, I started attracting more of it.
Another perspective is all about the come up. Everyone who has ever been on stage started in the audience. Anyone who has ever won a championship has made a critical mistake to lose a game. We see these figures at the finish line and neglect the process that brought them there.
And last, once you’re there it’s not all that it’s made out to be. Different lifestyles create different problems, and no one is above having problems in their life. When we think about the most successful people in the world I think we underestimate this.
Ed Mylett often asks his world-leading guests on his podcast “Looking back on everything you went through to get here, was it worth it?” I think he asks that because he doesn’t know the answer for himself. Wherever we go we take ourselves with us, and often the more important work is to be content with where we are so that no matter where it takes us we can feel that same level of contentment.
That point aside, and for those of us who do have big ambitions for who we can become in the world, I want to share a simple quote for you: “If not you, then who? And if not now, then when?”
Those dreams and desires you have, they can be your reality! That difference you want to make in the world, no one else can do it exactly like you do. And it all needs to start somewhere. Everything has a Day One.
If you want to make January 1st of this New Year that day 1, I have two things to share with you. First, I’ve put together a New Year goal achieving workshop to make 2024 your breakthrough year, featuring actionable concepts from experts like James Clear and Tom Bilyeu. And second, if you want to install a new life operating system that permanently raises your standards in 21 days, a new challenge is starting on January 1st to install the Super Habits System.