To be successful, more often than not, you need to break down a structured way of looking at life.
It’s often when you lose sight of your “comfort zone” that you almost always magically realize your goals.
Things that are happening now that may appear to have no direct impact on your life often eventually lead to you a situation that appears as luck.
As a job searcher or entrepreneur, rarely do you have a clear vision of what you want. Where you end up lies in the process of discovery as you come across ideas that are often tied to random circumstances.
In the early 1990s, McDonald’s operations manual had 750 pages detailing every aspect of a restaurant’s business. For years, the company’s relentless focus on standardized processes, dictated by headquarters, had allowed it to rapidly roll out its winning formula in market after market, ensuring the consistency and efficiency that attracted customers and disarmed rivals.
By the 1990s, however, McDonald’s was in a rut. Consumers were looking for different and healthier foods, and competitors like Burger King and Taco Bell were capitalizing on the shift in taste by launching new menu items. McDonald’s, however, was slow to respond to the changes. Its historical strength, a single-minded focus on refining its mass-production processes turned into a weakness. By requiring menu decisions to pass through headquarters, the company stifled innovation and delayed action. Its headquarters-based development kitchen, removed from the actual restaurants and their customers, churned out a series of products like McPizza, McLean, and the Arch Deluxe, but they all failed to entice diners. Their structured thinking was a problem.
Apple Computer went through the same situation. Apple’s vision of technically elegant computers and its freewheeling corporate culture attracted some of the most creative engineers in the world, who went on to develop a string of smash products. As computers became commodities, Apple knew that its continued health depended on its ability to cut costs and speed up time to market. Imposing the necessary discipline, however, ran counter to the Apple culture, and top management found itself frustrated whenever it tried to exert more control. The engineers simply refused to change their ways. The relationships with creative employees that enabled Apple’s early growth ultimately hindered it from responding to environmental changes.
So often, the same thing happens to us. Just as real, though often out of sight, there are invisible resources ready to make a profound difference in what you can achieve. Forget the idea that you should be able to see all the things necessary to get you where you think you want to go.
I know lots of people with big dreams. But they are afraid to pursue them. They are unwilling to take the plunge, waiting until they reach the point of absolute certainty. But it never comes. And it never will.
This is the problem with commitment. You must act on limited information. Whether it’s starting a new career or leaving a good job to pursue your dream. You do your best to gather the best information you can, but then you must act.
Do you know the one thing that people who have followed their dreams have in common? Most of them knew what the outcome of taking the steps to follow those dreams would be. They didn’t know if things would turn out like they wanted it to or if, instead, they would wind up failing at what they set out to do. They all had to take a leap knowing there was no safety net below.
Fearless Girl Walks Across 300-Metre-High Glass Bridge
It is normal when trying to create the life you want to feel some fear. When you are in the midst of doing the hard work to create the life you want, you will wonder if you have what it takes. You will have to come to a point where you have to leave behind the safety of comfort and the known and you must take that jump into the unknown, and you know there will be no net to catch you.
Are there risks to changing? Yes, and there might even be failure. But not really. The worst thing that can happen is that we wind up somewhere different from where we thought we would end up. But you will have changed in the process. You will have learned. You will be different.
What if we just stopped? And enjoyed what showed up?
Let go. Forget about the safety net and let yourself fly.
You just might end up exactly where you should be.