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What if I’d like to be one of the people like you who do things like that?

What if I’d like to be one of the people like you who do things like that?
This entry is part 16 of 23 in the series Spark

It starts with open.

Maybe you’re not quite there yet. You’d like to be, you’re ready to be, you’re even open to being that person. But it’s just not quite to the point where you feel ready.

This is a reference to my post a few days ago titled “People like us do things like this.” which is based 100% on Seth Godin’s new book “This is Marketing.” It was meant to be exclusionary in that it was for “people like us,” but what about those who’d like to “do things like this”? Here we go.

We can make that happen. Well, technically, I can’t make that happen. You have to make that happen. But I can offer a hand and help pull you up, help unstick the glue under your feet that’s keeping you down. That’s keeping you from being:

I’m not the kind of person who does things like that

to:

I’d like to be the kind of person who does things like that

to:

I will be the kind of person who does things like that

and then it’s actually just one last step to the easiest part:

I am the kind of person who does things like that

This last part happens when you “do a thing like that.”

This is where Create comes into play.

  1. Doing
  2. Forcing
  3. Getting done
  4. Trying
  5. Pushing
  6. Making it happen (even when you think you can’t)
  7. Doing it anyway
  8. Getting clutter out of your path
  9. Slowly forgetting that you used to be the type of person who didn’t do things like this
  10. Do things like this
  11. Do a thing like this
  12. Get it started
  13. Work it through
  14. Get it done
  15. Did a thing like this

There. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

That whole process? It took some time. But the amount of time is flexible. Here are some options:

  1. 31 days
  2. 4.2 years
  3. A weekend
  4. A lifetime
  5. Two lifetimes
  6. Let’s think about it some more
  7. A week
  8. An hour
  9. A minute
  10. One second

That last one sounds a little too simple, right? Yet it comes down to this: decide.

That’s the big secret between the difference between those people like us and those people like you used to be.

See what happened?

Somewhere along the way, you made the decision to no longer be that type of person and become this other kind of person.

It doesn’t take four years of university. It’s not a diploma or a plaque on the wall or a certificate.

It’s a mindset.

Which means it’s both simple and … not always easy.

Except when it’s easy.

Except when you decide to make that change and be that person.

Come on along. I’ve got my hand waiting for you to pull you up.

I’m up here and the weather is fine. Join us.

Spark

For more on the concept and philosophy of “It starts with open,” visit here.

What if I'd like to be one of the people like you who do things like that?

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