If We Don't Know, We Won't Go.

Uncertainty is the root of doubt.

If We Don't Know, We Won't Go.
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Do you struggle to do new things? Do you sometimes struggle to get started?

Whether you're an organization or an individual, solving problems you don't know how to solve can make you sick to your stomach. We don't know what we don't know. We can't do what we don't know what to do.

So we stay put. We ignore it. We'll get started ...tomorrow.

When we're scared and stuck, it's because we aren’t sure how to do something – we feel out of control. Grant Cardone taught me this: when we’re afraid to get started, it’s because we aren’t sure how to navigate that uncertainty. We don’t know how to achieve the result we want.

We aren’t sure how to get from here → → → to there.

1) Find Someone Who’s Been There.

Use modeling and aim yourself at where they are. This is the easiest way to find out what’s missing and to discover what’s missing.

In other words: find a mentor.

Someone who can lead you through the chaos, step-by-step, day-by-day.

Consuming books and videos still count as mentorship. My recommendation is to go as deep as possible as you can. Read their books over and over again. Let their consciousness fuse with yours.

Choose Carefully

However, it’s important who you choose. Just like you’re mindful of the food you put in your mouth, you need to be careful about who you decide to follow.

Here are some criteria:

  • Are they where you want to be? Have they done the work? (ie. You want your fitness coach to have the type of body you want.)
  • Do they have a lot of material? Not a dealbreaker but certainly helpful if you want to go deep on their content.
  • Are they living the life you want to live? Or are they merely gurus who are all steak no sizzle?

2) Become obsessed with gaining the requisite skills & knowledge.

Let’s say that selling is the thing holding you back from getting started. Imagine finding a mentor whose style matches your own, that you can follow day-in-day-out.

Talent doesn’t do the heavy lifting, focused, intentional practice does. There are reps and consistency. Find someone who can show you the way, then listen

to them. Put their ideas into practice. Adjust. Try again. Make it a game. Make it a full-time job.

Do The Work To Demystify & Deconstruct.

This is how you solve problems. This is how you get unstuck. You lean into the problem and find people who’ve solved it already. You then get busy putting this new knowledge into practice. Don’t hold back, and don’t get distracted.

You’ll feel the pull of hesitation and doubt anytime you confront a new problem or learn a new skill – but nobody’s watching. They’re all too focused on their own problems.

Get out there and get started, you got this.

Turn This Post Into a Post Of Your Own.

Use these questions to write a post on LinkedIn/Twitter/Medium if you'd like.

  • What’s holding you back?
  • Who are your mentors?
  • Who are some mentors that weren’t a fit?
  • What qualities do mentors need to be a fit for you?
  • What’s something in this piece you loved?
  • What’s something you fiercely disagreed with?

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