A few weeks ago I was about to speak at our company Fall Meeting. I saw this beforehand, and it stopped me dead in my tracks.
It might just look like tape at first, but this it’s actually a lot more than that.
This is the decision you have to make every day if you’re going to make a difference. To lead people. To take a risk.
Your stage might be different, but we all have one.
Maybe for you it’s sending an email or making a phone call.
Are facing a life altering setback.
Or filing an LLC for your business.
Or signing up for a night class.
Or applying for a new position at the company you currently work at.
Or simply ignoring the voices that ask you “who are you to think you can make a difference?”
Influence, or “stages” as it were, come in a million shapes and sizes. And every day you have to make the decision, will you take the stage or take the exit? Some days, when fear is a roar, I feel like I have to choose the stage every single hour.
The exit is easier. It’s faster and more comfortable and a lot safer. Your feelings won’t get hurt as often if you take the exit. People won’t laugh at you if you take the exit. If anything they’ll welcome you with open arms. Average loves company.
Heading for the exit would be the easier thing to do, but I don’t think you should.
I think you should take the stage. Forget think, I more than think you should take the stage, I dare you to take the stage.
Today, I dare you to go right. To take out a piece of paper and draw too arrows like the one in the photo. Post the note on your laptop. Draw it on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. Make it the wallpaper on your laptop or the lock screen on your phone. Do whatever you need to remind yourself you have a choice.
Because you do.
Every day, we get a decision.
Take the stage.