We have all heard the phrase "go big or go home." While many of us only think of this phrase in relation to sports, I believe that we should apply it to every aspect of our lives. In my mind, this is more of a philosophy than a simple idiom. You can never achieve great things if you settle for ordinary performances from yourself.
This isn't to say you should be reckless and take crazy risks, but it does mean that once you decide on a course of action you should give it everything you can.
Have you decided you want a raise? First, make sure that you've earned it by putting your heart and soul into educating yourself and performing beyond expectations. Then, don't be afraid to step up and make your case.
The same applies to your personal life.
You need to review your relationships on a frequent basis, particularly the one with your significant other, and realize the significant sacrifices made to enhance your well-being. Make sure you don't fall into the habit of under-appreciating them. In other words, don't rely on a routine of offering the common "thank you" to tide them over. Be bold. Challenge yourself to think from their perspective on something that they, not you, would like as a show of appreciation.
One of the greatest habits you can develop in your life is having courage of heart. Personal courage leads to bold actions and bold actions bring big results. Anything else is just ordinary and the extraordinary life has never resulted from the ordinary effort.
My challenge for you this week:
Test your courage of heart!
Write down something that you feel is absent from both your personal and professional life.
For the item from your professional life, write down a minimum of two bold actions that you will take to begin the journey to acquire your desired experience.
Perform the same exercise for your personal item.
As you engage in these new efforts, perform them consistently, even when there is the hint that you are feeling uncomfortable. Remember, it is likely that you have been in a behavior pattern of not pushing yourself into being a person who takes bold actions.
By taking these steps, you will continue to build up your courage that will lead to taking additional steps toward bold actions and big results!