After six years in Russia, I was asked to exhibition against a Russian master of sport, and feared I’d let my coach, team, company and family down. What if I FAILED?
So my coach asked for my best fighting posture. He pushed me easily over and said, “100% of the attacks you don’t take will miss, and 50% of your best defense remains vulnerable. Hold back nothing. Your best odds: whatever you fear, move directly toward it, relentlessly.”
That lesson has shown me more success than any fearful cautiousness. Like my unlikely win against the Russian master, you will take a few shots, some of them will rock you, but you will earn zero regrets and uncommon success.
I once gauged my success on the level of my competition. But now, I find myself transcending ‘otherly’ competition. Now, I focus on competing with my current notion of my potential: how am I limiting my potential service to others RIGHT NOW?
Don’t ask, “how will I be stopped?” Ask, “how will I allow myself?” We can’t ascend the limitless ladder of potential without pain, but we don’t need to suffer fears.
For you can. You will. You are able to climb as high as you imagine. Higher.