Catching sight of your potential
My friend Maggie is a mother of two.
She moved to a ski town.
But her 6 year old, Mary, was distinctly lacklustre about the whole skiing business.
Under duress, Mary would do one run…before tooling about in the snow drifts, unwilling to try any more.
After several weeks of this Maggie (who’s skied since the age of 5 and does black runs for fun) was at her wits’ end.
I was about to arrive with my kids and she didn’t want Mary left out of the skiing bonanza of fun.
Meanwhile, Mary’s older sister Susan had spent those same weeks whizzing about with friends, laughing with delight and nattering on the chair lift.
One lunchtime Maggie put her arm around Mary and pointed at Susan zooming down a run with her friends in little zig zags.
“You’ll be able to do that with Helen’s kids when they get here…if you practice!” she said.
And, by heavens, it was a light bulb moment.
Mary suddenly caught sight of her potential.
She went on to do 13 runs in one afternoon, and didn’t want to come off the slopes.
The improvement in her ability was staggering.
The moral of this story?
Well, your business is like that.
But who’s going to lean close to your ear and say your magic words?
Well, I think that can happen at events.
When you meet someone, or hear a speaker…and suddenly you get it. Suddenly you understand that you can do this.
It’s just really important that you don’t wait for someone to find your magic words.
It’s YOUR job to find them, not anyone else’s.
Keep doing whatever you can, consistently, to find that place that helps you ‘get it’.
Your a-ha moments can also happen in the daily grind – especially if you’re devouring personal development alongside it. I’m talking about things like:
- practicing every day,
- being brave,
- digging in,
- trying again.
Because there’s something priceless and crucial about the power of catching sight of your potential. And it’s your job to put yourself in the right space/s to see it.
It’s so worth it!
All that tooling about and inertia that’s been eating your business alive suddenly gets swept aside by the power of your focused effort.
See you on the road,
PS I wrote about the power of events before. You can read it by clicking here:
See you on the road,