It started as just one deliberate decision.
If you had been in the airport with me this day you would have felt just like I did…helpless. There she was, over at the counter and she needed help. I tried to help her and I know you would have to. As I tried to help, I realized, she was deaf. She communicated what she needed to me very well but I didn’t fully understand what she was saying. I gestured with my hands and I wrinkled my face in attempts to convey back to her what I thought she said. I didn’t get it. I tried again but nothing worked. I wished she could have written it down but we had nothing to write with. Even in her deafness, she was not the one who had the communication problem, I was. She was conveying her desires clearly but I was not getting it. That was frustrating for me. That was the day I made the deliberate decision to learn sign language.
Little did I know how much my deliberate action on that one deliberate decision would benefit me even to this day, many, many years later. I learned sign language. I met many interesting people, people I would have never met otherwise. That one deliberate decision and my deliberate success led me to more and more deliberate decisions after that. The excitement and success was definitely contagious. My deliberate decisions allowed me to move up in my career, to meet some very helpful people, to learn things I didn’t know I needed to know, and to start a motivational speaking business. The unexpected benefit of making seven times the amount of money per year was obviously fantastic, an extremely welcomed outcome of being deliberate.
Have you ever said to yourself, “What if I try this or that?” “What if I take a risk that feels overwhelming now, but I know is right for me?” If you have ever had a great idea there’s a good chance you’ve tried to talk yourself out of it, right? It’s amazing how many great ideas we squash with our own self-doubt. “Who am I to try something like that?” “Who do I think I am that I know how to do that?” But that’s the beauty of taking that first step.
When you take the first deliberate step toward something you want to accomplish, you learn more than you knew before. Making that first phone call lets you know what else you will need to do for step two. Talking to someone who is doing what you want to do will excite you and give you more confidence and information to keep going. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who have been willing to help me once I got started and every step along the way.
The opposite of being deliberate is to do nothing. If you stay in the same place, doing the same things day after day hoping something will change, you will never accomplish your goals and dreams.
What’s in it for you? What could possibly be waiting for you on the other side of your deliberate decisions and your deliberate actions? The only way to find out is to get started or to start again. What if there’s a new or different career out there waiting for you? What if there’s a new opportunity that you’ve always hoped for? What if there are increased financial opportunities for you while you do something you love? The “what ifs” are endless.
- I dare you to deliberately do things different from this point forward.
- I dare you to make your opportunities count.
- I dare you to defy those self-doubts and act anyway.
Don’t go cautiously. Go boldly. No one who has accomplished great things in life ever said those things came easily. Opportunities will come to you and being deliberate in those opportunities will dramatically increase your ability to achieve those great ideas you already have inside you.
Be deliberate. I dare you!