I was wrapping a bandana around my face in a dusty rural town in the southern part Oaxaca, Mexico.
I had never driven an ATV before, but I was about to.
I didn’t know how to shift gears, work the throttle, or position my weight.
I didn’t know how much torque would buck me over and I didn’t know how much I’d be able to see through the dust.
I got on and fired it up anyway.
There’s something cool that happens in these moments–when you don’t know what to expect.
You get the chance to conquer something.
You get the chance to conquer fear or weakness or whatever it is inside you that holds you back from living the life you want.
I hit the gas and figured it out.
In fact, I figured it out pretty fast–faster than I thought.
I hit the trails with a few friends and tore up some dust in the woods for the first time.
It was such a small win–but that didn’t matter. It was another thing I conquered.
It wasn’t the ATV that I had mastered, it was that part of myself.
I had conquered that odd voice that says “don’t,” “you can’t,” and “something bad will happen.”
I beat it one more time.
And when you have lots of small wins, bigger wins seem more possible.
And when you have a few bigger wins, even bigger ones seem more possible.
It’s the consistent conquering of that inner voice that starts to lead to the thought pattern of confidence and optimism.
2 Minute Action
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t made the time to make it happen?
I’m not saying you have to plan your whole trip to kayak New Zealand right this second, but in 2 minutes you could text a few accountabilibuddies to help you set a timeline and a budget and make something happen.
It doesn’t have to be a million dollars and it doesn’t have to be on the other side of the planet.
It just has to be enough to feel like it’s outside of your comfort zone.
Oh, and FYI:
People who set a date and a budget are over 80% more likely to actually follow through with their goals.
You can send an email, a text, or make a phone call in 2 minutes.
And then keep going.
Nothing bad will happen.