Day 13 –
You never know who’s watching you and you never know who may be influenced by your actions. When I initially decided to commit to starting and executing a 100 day plan, I had no idea how many people would be influenced by it nor did I know how many would join me in the journey as we work diligently toward entering the next year being our best selves. The unintentional byproduct of executing any plan is that it serves as an influence to others.
Several days ago a colleague of mine came to me and said “Joe, I admire your discipline. I didn’t think you would last a week because I knew I couldn’t but guess what? I’m actually going to join you for the next 30 days to see if I can do it too.” I was shocked, excited, elated, motivated and excited. Did I say excited twice? That’s because I am and also because this is the same colleague who told me there is no way he could do it. The same colleague who told me that he couldn’t last three days, let alone 100, without any meat or without any alcohol. But clearly he sees a difference the plan is making in me which has influenced him to make a difference in himself.
You never know who you may be influencing when you decide to take the first step. The amazing thing about taking your first step is that you are actually taking the first step for others as well. You are choosing to boldly going where some men and women have never gone before. The main reason why the first step is the hardest is because you have so many people on your back counting on you to make that first step. While some people may doubt themselves and their ability to accomplish certain goals, if they see you accomplish it then at least now they know it’s possible. The second step affirms their belief. The third step reaffirms steps one and two. And the next several steps through completion just proves that anything is possible.
Roger Bannister is the first person in history to ever run a mile in less than four minutes. In fact, he ran the mile in 3 minutes and 50 seconds flat. Before Roger, it’d never been done before. What’s so amazing about this accomplishment is that even though it had never been done before, it didn’t stop him from trying. It didn’t stop him from believing that it can happen and clearly it did. Subsequently, after he broke the 4 minute mile, dozens and dozens of people around the world began running sub 4 minute miles. The reason why everyone else could do it is because he had done it.
The lesson is simple. Boldly go where no man or woman has gone before and do what they wouldn’t dare try. Not because you want to prove anything to anyone but because you want to prove to yourself that anything is possible; especially if you put your mind to it and dedicate everything toward accomplishing that goal.
The must outcomes on your 100 day plan are 100% possible if you put your mind to it. And some things on your plan has never been done before but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be done now. You’ve already done the hard part, you’ve taken the first step.
We all have a little Roger Bannister inside of us, it’s up to us to pull it out and focus on accomplishing what others think is impossible.
It doesn’t matter what they think, it matters what you believe.
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