This week Elon Musk unveiled a new “master plan” for his ambitions with Tesla and SolarCity.
Doing so, he said: “Starting a car company is idiotic and an electric car company is idiocy squared.”
Don’t you love that?
Someone who knows how “idiotic” his ambitions are, but who only keeps doubling down.
What enables him to do that? What does it take to keep driving your grandest vision for your life?
Only One Thing…
Well, of course there are many things that can unleash us in life but principally there is one…
A tough one. A real tough one… Stop fear from holding you back.
Look, fear holds us all back. It leads us to question ourselves, to be tentative, to look for the easy way out, and so on, yet it is an emotion we can learn to master.
As I wrote about some time ago in reference to Adam Grant’s fantastic book, Originals.
It’s not that men and women who do remarkable things never suffer from fear, it’s that they are unwilling to let fear dictate their choices.
How do you do this for yourself? Honestly, it’s not easy, and, it can take constant vigilance, yet here are three powerful ways to do it:
Three Steps to Eradicate Fears
But, you can also make a lot of progress eradicating fears, simply following these three steps:
1. Ask, what do you possibly have to fear? You do something, it goes wrong, so what? Maybe you lose some money. Maybe you lose some time. But, if the consequences were terribly dire, you wouldn’t be considering it anyways, right?
2. Instead of fearing actions, fear inaction. How would you feel at the end of your life knowing that you played it safe, that there was a dream you failed to pursue, that you left the grandest vision for your life on the table? Fear that feeling!
3. Pull yourself toward the feeling of what it’s like to put fears behind you. How good does it feel to crush a fear? Say, if you were terrified to jump from a high diving board, how do you feel once you’ve done it? Don’t you want more of this feeling?
Candidly, from my research and personal experience, these types of questions are not to be asked once, but constantly, daily, in a life of expanding what is possible for you.