Your mission matters. Your message defines you. Your mental models influence your vision. Your mindset shapes your attitude. Work on your confidence and refuse to approach life with a timid step and a chameleon attitude. Once you have taken a decision, do not fear and do not hesitate. You do not learn much by doing nothing. Every step forward is a trampoline spread wider for others to leap ahead.
Seasons of change are no time for you to take timid action, freeze and merely wait. Take action and develop confidence knowing that no one can make you feel inferior without your permission. Uncertainty should never stop you, because you can adapt. Limits are there to be challenged and the impossible exists to be redefined and tamed. The wild exists to be tames and challenged into usefulness. Be confident, you can do great things because you were designed for great endeavours, engineered to be a mover and shaper, and you are endowed with seeds of greatness. Step out of your shell and accomplish great things. Shake off the timidity, rise, stand firm, brave and strong.
Nothing is as fascinating to watch as a person pursuing a clear mission. Step forward with confidence and clarity. Be clear about your mission and what you are about. This clarity may not come in a day but as you focus it will appear to you. Keep asking questions about the things that matter to you most. Keep asking yourself about your challenges, values and priorities. Keep reflecting on the overarching themes of your life. Do not lose steam because other people seem to know what their lives are about and you seem to juts be fumbling. Do not worry about making discovering your mission a complex otherworldly experience. Keep things simple. Keep asking how best you can serve other people and make a difference. Do not wait for an extra sensory vision to prove you. Get yourself in action. Do that which is at hand and do it with confidence. If you sense the need to shift and change along the way, give yourself permission to adapt and keep moving.
Turn your mission into a magnificent obsession and step forth boldly and move with focus and passion. Ground yourself in the conviction that you were not dumped here on earth, you are not practising to live, and this is not a dress rehearsal either. This is the real thing and you are the real deal. Build confidence and do what you have to do despite any excuse that you may have. Take charge in your sphere of influence and step forth with boldness and courage.
Confidently allow the world to experience your mission. Throw yourself a challenge. Mr. John Sculley found himself in the 70s with a dilemma. He was selling Pepsi Cola and yet the category was ruled by Coca-Cola by a factor of 10-1. His mission was to beat the giant and change the configuration of the market. Confidence was needed. Instead of a direct attack, he decided that he would confidently redefine the basis of competition and sell an experience instead of a product. These were the beginnings of experience marketing. He started series of blind tastes and in the blind tests, most clients were choosing Pepsi to Coca-Cola. This marketing initiative started narrowing the lead and brought Mr. Sculley notoriety. There is space for your idea and your vision. All you need is confidence.
Mr. Sculley’s moves at Pepsi brought him to the attention of Mr. Steve Jobs who in the 1980s was at that time working on a new computer that would be called a Macintosh. He wanted to sell not just boxes with software, but an “insanely great experience” for the customer. To do that he decided to woo Mr. Sculley with a missional challenge that he coined this way: “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life?” That sank deep and changed Mr. Sculley’s mind. He knew that a mission to change the world was better than a mission to sugar the world. It takes confident to move people. Believe in your mission, follow your dreams and do what you have to do.
You have a message and your life is a message. Be confident about your message and share the message with passion, focus and vision. What is your life’s message? Explore, reflect and refine the message and believe in the message. What are you doing around here on earth in the short time you have? Queen Margaret of Denmark once said that her biggest fear was to be a passenger in life. This should be your fear too; perhaps the greatest fear you can have. Being a mere passenger in life, just watching as life passes by is no way of passing through life. Believe in your message and share it with passion.
In 1997, Steve Jobs and his Apple team also summoned confidence and launched a “messaged campaign” that borrowed generously from Rob Siltanen who said: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Indeed the world is changed by people that believe in their message. Believe in the beauty and charism of your dreams. The message may look crazy, different and new, but it takes great faith to launch into any transformative conversation. Share your message with the world with confidence using the tools are now abundant and growing. Do not be timid, speak out and speak forth. The world is looking for your message and waiting for you to share your vision.
Banish Doubt and Fear
Banish doubt and stand confidently in your corner of the world. Push the boundaries and do not allow yourself to be stopped or delayed. Banish doubt because that is your real enemy. Stop fellowshipping with the cynical, doubting, timid and clueless.
Mr. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), blessed the world with his many inspiring poems. One of them which is worth committing to heart and letting it boost your confidence is entitled, “If”. Here is the poem to keep you inspired knowing that it all depends on your confident heart:
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run—
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”
Committed to your greatness.