If not now, when? When will your ship come in? Or is it right in front of you, but you can’t see it because you are too busy sawing away as Stephen Covey would say in his piece on sharpening the saw. We’ve all had those moments when we feel like we are on the outside looking in or we are in a role and wondering how we got there. Another Covey thing talked about was having a paradigm shift. To where you no longer see yourself as the lesser version of your true potential. This shift involves envisioning yourself as something more than your current circumstances. And the key is not waiting. Seize the moment and step beyond your comfort zone because you never know if those moments will come around again.
I’ve witnessed many a person in business who is extremely good at what they do, but for some reason they stay stuck in roles that are beneath them, all while watching their colleague soar beyond their current station. These same people will oftentimes eat their hearts out or overly critique those who seem to get lucky. So, what’s the difference between the ascender and the complainer? I’ll tell you what, the ascender is willing to take a risk, bet on themselves, and say yes. The complainer is not.
I remember back at S3G, the company I was involved with prior to GlobalStar, where I had an opportunity to assume the role of President of the company, but for a litany of reasons, I was not interested. Actually, I kept turning it down every time the parent company asked. As time moved along, I began to reconsider the idea. What was holding me back? Fear and unworthiness? Yes, and then some. As fate would have it, the parent company made it known that they were going to bring in a heavy-handed individual that would have ruined the amazing company we had built. So, the pressure was on. That is when the late great motivational speaker Jim Rohn’s words “It’s not what you get out of life, it’s what you become with your life,” enter my mind. So, what would I become by assuming the role of President? Sure, there were those who doubted I could do it, including myself, but based on what I knew at the time, I was the best one to assume the role... Some twenty-five plus years later, the rest is history! Here's the deal, don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.