One of his key messages was to challenge yourself to do something outside your comfort zone every day.
Nothing exciting, original or innovative comes from staying within your comfort zone but by demanding more of yourself to do something that scares you will result in magic happening.
It could be recording a live Periscope video, it could be making a cold-call at work or even handing out a business card to a stranger.
But something that makes you feel awkward, uncomfortable even scared – and do it daily.
When you know you should do something but don’t really want to and you can think of countless excuses NOT to do it, then I promise you it is that very thing you SHOULD do.
It could be going swimming or going for a run; there’s something that each of us dreads that someone else finds easy.
Whatever it is, the idea is you not only gain confidence in that one activity but you will also become better at it and most importantly you explore a new area and do something you know will help you move closer towards a goal.
It’s also by pushing yourself you have those breakthrough moments. Maybe simply the realisation that actually you can do it and perhaps even the inspiration to go on to something else.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action! – Benjamin Disraeli
So are you going to stay within your comfort zone, hoping for things to change? Will you bury your head or even run away from those activities that frighten you?
Or are you going to tackle those hurdles by rising above so that you can be the person you want to become, the person you were destined to become?
There are probably several areas of your work or personal life you want to improve so that could mean various activities you fear.
Rather than committing to dealing with all of them in one go, which will invariably be daunting, difficult and ultimately overbearing, pick just one – and it could be a small one – the easiest, most insignificant one to start with.
Depending on the activity it may not be possible to maintain it daily but it is important to do it regularly so it must be at least weekly.
Put it in your diary or to-do list and start today (ok I’ll even let you start tomorrow in case you’re reading this in the evening). But make sure you do start tomorrow.
Let me know what it is you are going to do daily (stating it on-line gives you a virtual accountability partner) and let me know how you get on by commenting on your progress after 7 days (so same time next week), 30 days, 60 days and 90 days.
You can even update me at Twitter.