You Don't Need Permission Or Proof To Be Awesome.

People don't know what awesome is until you achieve it.

It only takes them a few seconds to realize awesome when they see it. But describing it ahead of time is nearly impossible.

If you've ever been in a business meeting where you are outlining a bold strategy for radical growth, you understand how difficult it is to get people to gamble on extraordinary returns.

Awesome appears to be impossible.

Something that other people do. Just not what you do.

You'll hear every reasonable excuse possible:

  • "We've never done this before."
  • "That seems like a lot of work."
  • "What if that doesn't work for us?"
  • "We're a different company then they are."
  • "I'm not sure we're ready to do that."
  • "We don't have the resources to pull it off." 

Awesome feels like a movie plot built for someone else's success.  

It's almost as if being awesome and being lucky are the same thing. But they're not.

You can't plan to be lucky.

You can work hard and be ready for your opportunity when it emerges. But you can't predict luck.

Awesome, on the other hand, is completely predictable. It's the direct result of a plan. It's an event that you orchestrate. Coordinate. Accelerate.

And if you move the discussion of being awesome from the context of business to sports, you get a clearer picture of the genome that is awesomeness.

Awesome athletes like Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, Mickey Mantle, Wayne Gretzky, or Alberto Salazar put in place a specific plan to create the results and experience that we all look at and describe as incredible, shocking, or awesome. 

So what do they do differently from everyone else around them?

What allows them to transcend from good, or even better, to awesome?

Awesome people believe in their ability to do awesome things. It’s a powerful mindset that exponentially magnifies everything that they do.

And what is that mindset? What are those beliefs?

Here are a few things awesome people believe.

  1. I already have all I need to be successful.
  2. The hard times are temporary.
  3. I am constantly getting better because I never stop learning.
  4. Failure can be good some times.
  5. My past does not automatically determine my future.
  6. I can change anytime I want.
  7. My hard work and resilience are rewarded.
  8. I can use any situation to get closer to where I need to be.
  9. My positive thoughts make me powerful.
  10. I don't need anyone else's approval or permission to be awesome.
  11. Tomorrow will be better than today.
  12. There are plenty of opportunities for me to achieve success.
  13. I don't have it any worse than everyone else around me.
  14. Achieving success is simply a matter of choice.
  15. Anyone can be successful if they work hard enough.
  16. I can do whatever I set my mind to do.
  17. No matter how bad things get, I can always turn them around.
  18. I decide how I think and act. In every situation.
  19. Success comes to those who pursue their passion relentlessly
  20. Today is that second chance I have been asking for.

You can't help but do something awesome when you believe like this. It is inevitable. There isn't another option. Your mindset is pushing towards that inevitability.

You're destined to be awesome. You're guaranteed to achieve the unlikely. 

But it's not going to happen it you wait for other people to cheer you on. You're going to fail if you wait for other people to give you permission.

Stop begging other people to see it your way and "let you" try something awesome. Just go do it. Just be it. 

Being awesome doesn’t require anyone else’s permission. It is already your duty.

And to get to started you just need one thing -- to believe.  

Dan Waldschmidt