I just recently listened to a ‘Grant Rant’ on YouTube. God, this guy really is one of the most inspiring humans on the planet. He is not even that famous! But he has had a bigger impact on me at this point in my life than anyone else I can think of. The reason I chose to write about this today was because I’m feeling anxious and scared about multiple things. I really do feel insecure in a lot of ways and definitely one of my biggest weaknesses is just getting myself out there. Getting on the phone with people and engaging in a way that will lead to me creating wealth for myself. I totally can do it on the computer, but let’s be real, anyone can send an email. It’s the human contact that I’m afraid of, the fear of rejection I guess. I’m afraid that the more times I get rejected in a way that really feels bad, the more discouraged I will become and the harder it will be more for to continue being aggressive. I know I’m at this critical point in my life where I just have to push through this phase because the more I do it, I believe the easier it will be. I just haven’t done it yet! Gosh it’s right there in front of me. I know I can do this, but here I am writing about it, instead of actually doing it. Well, I do think there is value in expressing these fears, to at least get them out of my system. But the real point of this post is to learn from Grant’s wisdom.
He has five rules to live by when you feel fear, anxiety or insecurity about whatever it is you have to do that you don’t want to or whatever your up against. The first is hey man, everyone has fears, everyone on the globe has insecurities, everyone feels fear about certain things. So, he believes there is value in knowing that this is happening to everyone else in the world, right now, right this second, in thousands upon thousands of different places and situations. It’s common, it’s ok, in fact, if you’re feeling fear before you have to do something uncomfortable, that is the right way you should be feeling!
The second thing he recommends is that you feel your calendar up! Jam it chalk-full of things to do! Load it up, make sure that every single day of the week there is no white space in your planner! You know why? Because TIME needs FEAR to grow. I’m gonna repeat that, because it’s so true. TIME NEEDS FEAR TO GROW. The more time you have sitting around, thinking about things in your head, the more those thoughts turn into fears, anxieties, sad thoughts, resentments, basically just thoughts that are negative! Thoughts that certainly won’t lead to you becoming successful or happy. So jam that calendar up with plenty of things to do, morning to night and he promises you will be a lot less fearful, cause you will be taking actions NON-STOP. We can do this!
The third thing Grant says is that whenever you’re feeling scared or anxious about doing something, do that exact thing IMMEDIATELY! In fact, pick out all of the things you have to do in the day that scare you and do those before you do anything else. Do them right now! Get them out of the way, don’t let ’em linger and create more negative thought patterns and distract you from the other things you need to get done. Get them out of the way first and you’re day will be so much more productive and exciting.
The fourth thing is to always go beyond your comfort zone. Grant uses this awesome analogy of saying how people you do the comfortable things, like drugs, or watching movies, or playing video games, they’re doing those things because they want to feel good. They’re doing those things because they don’t want to get uncomfortable. But the people who are willing to do the things that make them uncomfortable are the people who want to feel great, are the people who want to BE great. You have to do the uncomfortable things to make it in this world. No one is going to come to your door and hand you the key to your dreams. You have to go out there and get it! And the only way you’re going to get it is by doing all of the things that you find most difficult and uncomfortable.
The last rule and this is the GOLDEN RULE that Grant applies to everything, so I won’t go into too much detail about it, but it’s that whatever goal you have, if you really want to reach, you have to put in 10 times the amount of effort you were putting in before. You have to do 10 times the amount of everything you were doing before if you expect to reach that goal. And that really is so true. There is no way you will become the success you really want without putting in 10 times the effort. And I don’t know about you guys, but I’m tired of settling for good. I think I’m just about ready for GREAT. Let’s do this.