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Do you have a goal, or a dream, or something you want to do, and you just can’t take the first step? Take a whack at it. You know, you can’t hit a home run unless you step up to plate. You can’t catch a fish unless your line is in water. Whatever it is you want to do, go for it right now. I’m giving you full and complete permission. If you want to sing, go sing in the shower. Sing to your friends. Go to karaoke. Give it a shot.

There are too many people that I know in my life, and one of the reasons I started this daily growth hack, was to give them some inspiration. They have dreams. They have goals, and they keep telling me, “Doug, I wish I could do what you’re doing. I just can’t. It’s good for you, but for me, I’ve got x, y, and z reason that I can’t do what I want to do.” I hear this every single day. In my coaching business, this is a key indicator. Look, I can stop you from all of this problems. Just go for it. That’s the answer. It’s as simple as that. Take a whack at, whatever it is.

Do you want to be a professional tennis player? Get out and play tennis. It’s really as simple as that. Just step outside, step up to the plate, and take a swing. Babe Ruth, one of the home run kings, right? Do you know he struck out more than almost anybody else? Yeah, but yet, he stepped to the plate each and every time, and when we think of Babe Ruth, well most people anyway, think of him, think of him as a home run king, and he is. The reason he is is he took a whack at it. He stepped up to the plate each and every time and took a big swing.

Now in business and sometimes in life, I believe it’s all about hitting singles rather than swinging for the home run, but in order to even hit a single, you’ve got to step up to the plate each and every time. It’s a simple insight, but this is something I see plaguing a lot of people and probably plaguing me right now. So, what I’m going to ask you to do, grab your journal. Take out the five to thrive, your mind, your body, your soul, your relationships, and your business, and ask yourself in what area are you holding back? In what area do you have a dream and an aspiration of some sort and you’re holding back, you’re not quite going for it at full throttle? Then, write that down, and why? What are your excuses?

Now if you can’t think of anything, that’s okay. We all have these self-protection mechanisms, and maybe you don’t have anything yourself. Maybe you’re going all at it with everything in life. If that’s you, I applaud you. I really do. You’re one of the rare cases, and you’re an inspiration to me. But if you’re also one of those people that are holding back, you’re also an inspiration to me, because you’re taking time to go through those daily growth acts. You’re actually taking time to do the work.

In doing the work, write it down and ask yourself, “Geez, is there something I’m always talking to people about? Am I always saying, ‘Wow, I wish I could go to Thailand, but I just don’t have the money, or my boss won’t let me off work,” or whatever it is? Or, ‘Geez, I wish I could go rock climbing, or run a marathon, or sing,’ whatever it is, “go to The Voice the show.'” Who knows? Whatever it is for you, I want you to write that down.

Now, what I want you to do is take a whack at it. What’s the first easiest step that you can do in those categories? So whether it be your business … For example, I’ve always wanted to go rock climbing. Why have I done it? I’ve had opportunities. I’ve taken classes. I just need to step up to the plate and do it. All I have to do is simply call up a friend who rock climbs and go with him or take another rock climbing class. It’s really as easy as that. That takes the, “I wish I would,” or, “I want to,” category and puts it into the, “I’m going to do it,” and, “I’ve done it,” category. That’s going to free up energy for you to achieve so much more greatness in your life, and that’s what I want for you.

The second thing I’m going to ask you to do, besides doing the work, is to share this with three people. I want you to share this with three people that you care about. By sharing this, you’re going to open that conversation up and build your tribe. I talk about this in each and every daily growth hack, because it’s so important both doing the work and sharing this and growing your tribe. So, share this and grow your tribe.

Take it even a step further. Here’s your bonus! For me, I want to share this with a couple people that rock climb. Why? Well, they’re going to know right away one that I want to rock climb. Two is it gives us conversations we can have either on the way to go rock climbing or potentially while we’re there and build that bond. Now, these are friends I already have, so I want to continue that friendship. And of course, if these are people I’m spending time with, I want to go deeper. I want to go much deeper than, “Hi. How’s the weather?” And, that’s what I want for you. I want that for you, so you can become the author of your own story so much readily and more easily. That’s it for me today. Go out have a great time. Remember, be the author of your own story.

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