The inspirational life changing quote you must see
I came across a quote today that stopped me in my tracks. This doesn’t happen to me often! But for some reason, this quote really had an impact on me:
Let that sink in for a moment.
“To achieve something you’ve never achieved before, you must be something you’ve never been before.”
Have you ever wanted to achieve something you’ve never achieved before? RIght now, are you wanting to achieve something you’ve never achieved before?
It’s a little daunting, isn’t it? How can you be something you’re never been before? That sounds scary.
How do we be something we’ve never been before?
It sounds like it might mean that you have to make some kind of quantum leap. Or that you have to do something quite revolutionary. Or perhaps even pretend to be something that isn’t true to you. When I thought about it more though, I don’t believe that’s what the quote is saying. Not even close. I believe it’s talking about our perceptions, and the way we view ourselves.
Let’s take a closer look. As an example, let’s say that you are reserved about sharing your opinion. Now, if you’re ever going to be a successful blogger and writer, you’re going to have to think differently about that aspect of your writing. If you’re going to be successful, you will have to write all the time, and share your opinions and your work as widely as you possibly can. You have to share it on social media, and share with your email subscribers. You have to be able to write about your opinions confidently. So you will need to reframe your view.
In this example, the “being something I’ve never been before” might translate to “being confident to commit my opinion to writing and sharing it widely.” It isn’t earth shattering stuff. But it might take lots of reflection and work on your confidence to get to that point. The first time you hit ‘publish’, you may be a little worried. Because it will feel new for you. That’s ok! You’ll see that nothing terrible happens. In fact, people will start interacting with you, and some might even thank you for the thoughts you’ve shared.
The “be something you have never been before” could be that you need change your way of thinking so that you are:
- confident in your ability
- happy with yourself
- willing to give something a go, even if it’s scary
- willing to do something you haven’t done before
- letting go of something that is holding you back
- committed to moving past an obstacle that doesn’t move you forward
- framing your thoughts in the positive rather than negative form
- open to the idea that good things can happen to you, not just others
- believing in yourself
- willing to tell others that you are going to be doing something new, and that you’d like their support
- thankful for the things you already have
- aware that you are a unique person with talents
- aware of your strengths and areas for growth and development
Sometimes if we verbalise what we want to do differently to someone that we trust, that is half the battle. Saying it out loud can make it real. Talking about it and answering questions about it makes it real. Saying “I WANT THIS” makes it real. Asking for others to support you makes it even more real.
Getting outside your comfort zone
The key to achieving something you’ve never achieved before, and becoming something you’ve never been before, requires you to break out of your comfort zone.
I’ve previously written about how to step out of your comfort zone, here:
This talks about how to leave your comfort zone, and the importance of doing so. Especially if you do want to achieve something you’ve never achieved before. We don’t achieve new things by waiting for them to happen to us. We have to go and get them. And that will involve thinking and behaving differently.
My journey towards stepping out of my comfort zone
I remember when I knew that I needed to do something new. I also remember that I had no skills in the thing I really wanted to do! So I decided that I needed to be brave. I mean REALLY brave. I wanted to get into affiliate marketing. I’d never done it before. I had no background in websites. I took a deep breath and I signed up to Wealthy Affiliate. I went for the Premium annual membership straight away, because I knew it was the mechanism I needed to change my life. I didn’t want any roadblocks. It was my way of making a commitment to myself.
I started the training the day I signed up. I set up my profile page. I wrote that I was a little bit scared! And that I was going to give it my all because I wanted to learn and do something to change my life.
And so I started.
Lesson 1. “Getting rolling”
I did “get rolling”! I finished the lesson. It wasn’t daunting, it was fun. I thought “anyone can do this”. I couldn’t wait to do lesson 2. It was all making sense! I wanted to understand how I could make money online, and by the end of the lesson I understood. I’d never thought about any of this stuff before. It was all completely new.
And then it started to become very real. It was no longer a theoretical exercise. I had to think about what I wanted my VERY OWN website to be about. Then it really hit me – I’m going to have my own website, that I will build from the ground up. I can do this.
I continued with the training, and it was all coming together. If there was something that I didn’t quite understand, I would repeat the piece I didn’t get. I eventually completed all of the training and loved (almost) every moment of it. Some of the training really challenged me. I mean REALLY challenged me. Posting on several different social media platforms didn’t come naturally to me in the beginning. It’s still not something I’m completely comfortable with, but I know that to have an online career, regular posting across a range of social media platforms is a must. It’s a non-negotiable. So for me, the “be something you’ve never been before” includes “be OK with social media”.
Lots of introverts struggle with social media, I know I’m not only one.
Hold on a minute. This statement “lots of introverts struggle with social media”.
That’s an example right there that limits our thinking. It puts up little invisible barriers that aren’t so little. Because that’s the stuff we start to believe, that we reinforce to ourselves over and over, and that’s the kind of thinking that stops us from achieving the things we’ve never achieved before. Let’s put that kind of thinking into the trash, OK?
What are you going to do to “be something you’ve never been before”?
I believe that we all have the capacity to “be something we’ve never been”. When you think about it in terms of the way we perceive ourselves and the behaviour that goes with that, we can all change our way of thinking. It may not come easily to us, but nothing good ever comes easy, does it?
Taking small steps can give us the confidence to go and achieve something we’ve never achieved before.
What will you do to help you be something you’ve never been, so that you can achieve something you’ve never achieved before?
Leave me a comment or a question below and I’ll be happy to help. Feel free to share some of the things you’ve done to help you achieve something new.