I’ve been following Dave Navarro for a while, and received some solid insights from a number of his blog posts and his product launch ebook. Recently, Dave decided to play a bigger game. Even better, he decided to invite others to play as well.
Dave started out in the online biz world with a personal growth and development blog at http://www.rockyourday.com/ and later shifted into product launch coaching and support at http://thelaunchcoach.com. But he obviously didn’t stopped thinking about growth and development. Recently he kicked off a hard-hitting series of blog posts with support materials titled 7 Steps To Playing A Much Bigger Game. I found this very timely, as I have been thinking about how to get moving faster on my transition to the next level of business development.
Dave leads off with one of his favorite themes – nothing significant gets done without hard work. He then segues into taking actions that match up with your goals. Small actions will not enable you to accomplish big goals. The problem is that you are accustomed to your small action comfort zone. There’s pain, difficulty, and fear in stretching to bigger actions. But truly, it’s worth the effort. I like to think of Charlie Gilkey’s Dread-To-Work Ratio – don’t let apprehension get out of proportion to the actual difficulty involved.
Dave then points out that it’s easy to lose sight of your potential value. Just because it seems easy or insignificant to you doesn’t mean it’s of no value. It’s far better to get on with what you can do rather than worrying about it not being good enough. You improve by doing. Sometimes you’ll fail, but that’s part of the game. It’s better to learn and grow from your failures than sit around wishing you were good enough to automatically succeed.
The next step is to look for ways to reduce or eliminate steps needed to reach your goals, and figure out how to take bigger steps toward them to accomplish them more quickly. Don’t be intimidated to approach others that can help you reach your goal – they are people too. Wherever possible surround yourself with those who are already playing a bigger game. It’s human nature to strive toward parity with those around you. Much better to align with those who will pull you up rather than pulling you down.
And don’t be afraid to invest in yourself and your ventures as long as the risk is within reason and there is a quantifiable return. Any significant achievement will require investments of time, money, or both.
None of these things are completely new advice. But Dave has put together a compelling call to action with specific actionable steps to up your game. And he also put together a workbook to help you associate specific actions to each of the seven steps. I know that I intend to play along, and I invite you to play as well. In case you missed it at the top, here’s the link again – 7 Steps To Playing A Much Bigger Game.