On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a bold announcement:
“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” President John F. Kennedy
Fast forward eight years later, Buzz Aldrin was one of the first two humans to land on the moon. Meanwhile, as Buzz was taking his first moon walk, back on earth my mom was hanging out at the beach, staring up at the moon and thinking to herself:
“Wow, there literally is a man on the moon looking back down at me, right now.”
So, what the heck does this have to do with the #2 secret to success? And why am I skipping the #1 secret to success? Well, I didn’t exactly skip it. Amy Cosper, the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, actually talks about the #1 most important thing in episode 3 of The Impact Entrepreneur Show, which I recommend you check out. But here’s a hint: it has to do with seeing clearly.
The #2 Secret to Success is (drum roll) the COURAGE TO ACT! We dream. We imagine. We may even possess the ability to FEEL success. But far too often, we fail to take the action necessary to succeed.
This is an epidemic in our society today and, in my opinion, we need you to take action. We need you to step up and take action on inventing the next best thing since sliced bread. We need you to start that podcast. We need YOU!
So here’s the prescription. The quote I’m about to share has the potential to be true game changer for you and anyone you share it with. It is an outline to why the courage to act is the #2 secret to success:
“Sow an act and reap a habit. Sow a habit and reap your character. Sow your character and reap your destiny.” Charles Reade
Be a dreamer, but be a dreamer and a doer. Don’t allow yourself to be caught up in all the “what if scenarios.”
Simply ask yourself these two questions – everyday:
- What is at stake if I do not take action I what I know I possess the potential to achieve?
- What is the next best step toward achieving my goal?
In addition, surround yourself with other people who are on an adventure of creating and innovating and skipping the beach so they might discover a way to land on the moon.
What tools do you use to make sure you have the courage to act? Comment below or on our Facebook page.