Hey, hey, Questers welcome back. This is our second to last day of Maxwell Madness. We are featuring all John Maxwell quotes this week because we are in Orlando with the International Maxwell Certification. In fact, yesterday was our final day of the conference, and today we are getting to head home. But we’re still bringing Maxwell Madness to you guys all week and today’s quote is a really good one from John. He says, “When your dream is bigger than you are, you have only two choices: give up or get help.”
Well, there’s so much behind both of these choices here, but love that he, as John always does, makes it simple and makes it clear and makes it easy to remember and to have it stick when your dream is bigger than you are. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever been given a dream or a vision or a thought for a business or an idea, and it felt way bigger than your capability or your ability or your resources at the time, because if you have, then we can relate? A lot of people can relate and that makes the second half of those quotes, particularly of interest to those of us who have maybe had the dream that’s bigger than we are.
Well, many people hear the old adage that if your dream doesn’t scare you, then it’s not big enough. Well, many of us get the big, scary dream, and then we shy away from it. But John is saying that you are supposed to have the big, scary dream. It’s supposed to be for you, and you have some choices. One of them is what most people do when they get afraid of that dream that’s ahead of them, they give up, yet that second thing that they can do is to get help. But now maybe the help is an assistant. Maybe the help is a copywriter. Maybe the help is knowledge or tools. Whatever it is, there are all kinds of resources out there that can be beneficial to you as you are building whatever dream that is that’s just so darn big.
One of the examples that Kay and I always like to bring up when we’re talking about getting help is when you are in the phases of researching your dream. You’re given this dream. Hopefully, one of your very early-on stages is research and looking at who else is out there doing what it is that you want to do. Who else has this dream? What else is out there? What other materials, courses, ideas, initiatives, community events, services, nonprofits are out there doing something in alignment with what your dream is? What we found is, if you do your due diligence in this stage of your dream you will do a few different things, one of which is you will see how people have been successful with this idea. Is it working? Is it out there? How are people being successful? What we know is all of the things.
Success leaves clues. Model those who have been successful. Go to those who have done what you want to do and be like them. So, we know that once we can identify someone who’s doing something similar, we can have some kind of map, a model, a path that we can look at and try to blueprint our own success based on it. The other thing that might happen during this time is that you might see there are all these initiatives out there and one might touch your heart. One might look like, oh my gosh, that’s exactly what I want to build. That is so amazing. Don’t be defeated by that. That’s a really exciting moment for your dream because it means that it really is bigger than you are and that others have had it and you can go be a part of it now. Don’t be selfish. Don’t feel like it has to be your own dream. You might be able to join up with a non-profit or initiative or another business that’s already doing what you want to do, and really make the idea fly without even a quarter of the headache. It is to start something completely new on your own.
There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone and if you want to go far, go with others.” So, if you are blessed with a major dream in your life, and it’s giving you those butterflies inside, and you’re seeing eight miles down the road and it looks so good and your years in advance, and you’re in love with that picture, you’ve got to know that being able to go with others is what gets you that far, is what gets you to that all those miles down the road and all of those years of success. So, getting that help, be it in the knowledge or in the modeling of somebody else can be the differentiator for you between giving up on your dream and going through with it and at least moving in that general direction.
Alright. To remind you, John Maxwell tells us, “When your dream is bigger than you are, you only have two choices: give up or get help.”
Alright, guys. So that means that today we have a Thoughtful Thursday Quest. Today we want you to think about some areas in your life where you might want to give up. Would getting some help be better Instead? You’ll know what to do if you do a little bit of internal searching on today’s quest. Are you ready? Help us out now.
Kay & Shi: