What are you resisting in your life? Is it a change of careers? Are you afraid to express your needs in your relationships? Are you putting off starting your dream business? Perhaps you're delaying finding a coach or mentor to help you get unstuck?
For me, I personally spent most of 2017 procrastinating on an important creative project and I wanted to take a moment to share a huge lesson I've learned which may inspire you to take action in YOUR life.
But first, allow me to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My new podcast, Life Amplified, debuted at #1 on Apple last week.
My biggest vision when I released this show to the world was to simply get enough downloads to make Apple's "New & Noteworthy" podcast list. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would see my name above Lewis Howes (who I greatly respect) on the rankings.
With that said, it's time to be honest with you.
The podcast almost never happened.
Life Amplified originally started as an idea for a weekly syndicated radio show. My vision was to combine my background in the radio industry with my passion for personal growth and create an inspirational show to give people practical strategies to solve real-life problems.
In January, I recorded a 2-hour pilot episode in St. Louis. For nearly 6 months after that, I shopped my demo to every major radio company in the United States and heard the same feedback.
"It's an interesting idea, but not a fit for us."
Meanwhile, as I encountered rejection after rejection, other people told me to launch a podcast on my own... and I just wouldn't listen. I had a million stories about why I shouldn't do it.
"The podcast market is oversaturated."
"I don't have room in our condo to build a makeshift studio."
"I can't really spend all the money on the equipment."
"I won't be able to book good guests because nobody has ever heard of this poscast which hasn't even been produced."
All of the excuses seemed logical at the time. But they were just a way to justify avoiding the truth.
I was terrified.
I was afraid I didn't know how to make a good podcast. I was scared I would be overwhelmed by the technology and screw it up. I was afraid I didn't have a big enough name in the space for people to want to listen. I was scared of failure.
But more than anything, I was afraid I wasn't "good enough" to build it by myself. The path to success seemed too difficult.
It felt safer to ask a company to hand me a show on a silver platter. Because even if I kept hearing rejections and the show never came to fruition, I could at least have an excuse and blame everyone else for not understanding my vision.
And this brings me to one of the master lessons I've learned in 2017.
When you try to take the easy path, life will be difficult. When you take the difficult path, life will eventually become easy.
Creating Life Amplified has not been easy. I've had to overcome my fear of learning new technology. I've had to learn how to edit digital audio. I've had to risk rejection and get turned down by big name guests who don't know me. I've had to risk falling on my face.
But that's the point. You can't get to the next level in your life using only the same skills and mindset that got you to where you are now. Each next level requires a better version of you.
However, when you show up and take consistent, courageous, imperfect action towards your purpose, The Universe has a way of meeting you halfway. My dear friend, Elvis Duran at IHeartRadio agreed to present my podcast through his network. Doors started to open to book my dream guests. The path forward became clear the farther I climbed up the mountain.
But I had to take the first few scary steps by myself.
This is my great wish for you today. Doubt your doubt and go create s**t. It doesn't have to be a podcast or a coaching business. Quite frankly, everything in your life is your creation. Your health, career, relationships, finances, and happiness. You are the artist and creator of your life, so you might as well create something you're proud of.
As your coach and mentor, I am here to support you and show you the path. But the steps are yours to take.
The first step may only be one click away.