“Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.” That is the West Point Cadet Prayer, but it’s not just for cadets. It‘s for all of us, especially those of us who strive to live our purpose. Today, Kevin talks about thing things that get in his way on his path to purpose. If you’re anything like him, you have probably experienced them, too.
- If you’ve been listening, you’ve heard about the 13 weeks to purpose, and this week, it’s all about encouragement. Socrates said, to paraphrase, ‘always be kind because you don’t know about another person’s battles.’ Kevin shares how his fans did just that for him.
- Frustration is first on the list of things that Kevin confronts often. Has anyone ever asking you why you’re SO frustrated? And do you take it as a complaint or a compliment? In fact, it’s an invitation, and Kevin talks about why he’s shifted his beliefs around frustration to become the source of something positive in his life. Specifically, you can use your frustration as fuel.
- Have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? It’s when you doubt your accomplishments and live in fear of being exposed as a fraud. Kevin has a wealth of experience, accomplishments, credentials, and proof that he’s everything he says he is, and even HE suffers from imposter syndrome. He shares how it’s been crippling in his life even when his friends tell him otherwise. It’s time for you to stop living in the scarcity loop and start living in the abundance loop.
- Have you been caught in the belief that there’s nothing ordinary about yourself? Maybe you grew up in a middle-class family, average income, average schooling, average… everything. It can be hard to see anything extraordinary in yourself, but you’re blind to the truth. Being extraordinary doesn’t have much to do with that. Kevin explains how you can be extraordinary every single day.
- It’s time for you to adopt the belief that getting it right is overrated. For all you perfectionists out there, Kevin understands completely, and he’s let that perfectionism stop him short many times before. He’ll be the first to tell you that there are so many things he should and could have done if not for giving up before he started because he knew it wouldn’t be perfect. Getting it right is overrated; keeping it real is where your head should be.
- One of the things that goes hand in hand with getting it right is overthinking it. Fortunately, Kevin has a wonderful friend he can call on when he realizes he overthinking things, because in truth, overthinking leads to underacting on something. The correction to overthinking is to take action. Do something, move forward, make progress. Imperfect action always trumps perfect inaction.
- Finally, do you downplay success? And worse, do you replay failure? This is yet another of the struggles Kevin faces, but how about you? Have you found yourself sapped of all motivation because of this way of thinking? Kevin’s got a challenge for you. Take time to celebrate success. Learn from your failures but don’t cling to them. In fact, you need to redefine what failure means to you because if you’ve learned something, THAT is a success.
An Extraordinary Experiment
Thank you for listening to this episode of the Higher Purpose Podcast. Remember, if you ever think that your work could be less ordinary, there’s not much between you and something extraordinary. Just 13 weeks, and a bold experiment. Find out more about the Extraordinary Experiment here!