Everything you do in life is a calculated risk. Even a cup of tea could burn you.
– Valerie Taylor
Did you know in Minnesota’s Orfield Laboratories, scientists have built a chamber so quiet that the background noise is measured in negative decibels? People in the chamber have trouble standing up because humans use sound to orient themselves. The longest anyone has lasted in the chamber is 45 minutes. Want to try for yourself? Good luck. We’ll watch from the outside.
– Mike & Alec
Looking at the path ahead can often be overwhelming — and the bigger the goal you’re trying to accomplish, the more overwhelming the path will appear.
But there’s good news. People don’t accomplish great things by thinking about and analyzing the entire path, they do so by taking one step at a time and learning along the way.
This is what I once heard Russell Brunson call “just-in-time learning”.
If you’re writing a book, for example, you might get overwhelmed by the idea of editing the manuscript, finding a publisher, marketing, and selling… before you’ve even finished the first draft.
First, you must finish the draft. And during the process, it’s best to put blinders on. Don’t think about what’s coming next. Focus only on what needs to be done right now, do the best you can, and if you achieve the first step, then you can think about the next step.
You don’t need to understand how everything is going to work out along the path to success — you just need to understand the first step… and then, eventually, the next step.
Who, Not How
When something needs to get done, are you in the habit of asking how? or who?
How do I do this?
Who can do this?
There’s a time and a place to ask both of those questions — sometimes, it’s easier to learn the ropes and do the work yourself. But other times — particularly in instances where we’re leading others — it’s critical that we ask the latter question: Who is the best person to do this?
That’s the job of a leader, after all. To manage and organize people so that things get done in an efficient and effective manner.
Are you leading people?
Most of us spend at least some of our time, in some capacity, leading others — and it’s during those times that we need to stop asking the easy question (How do I do this?) and start asking the important question (Who’s the best person for the job?).
This Week’s Image
This Week’s Riddle
Here’s this week’s riddle — the answer is at the bottom of the email!
How is it possible to drop an egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
This Week’s Journaling Prompt
Take some time to think through the following journaling prompt.
Why is it important to be willing to take action even when you don’t have all of the answers?
This Week’s Challenge
Take action! Even if you aren’t 100% sure of how to get where you’re going. You’ll figure it out along the way. And you’re more likely going to regret things you didn’t do… than things you tried to do.
Riddle Answer: Concrete floors won’t crack from an egg dropping on them.