When was the last time you were really bold?
When was the last time you did something crazy?
When was the last time you did something unsafe?
I’m not talking about death-defying things like skydiving or anything like that. We’re a little deeper than that.
I have been a resident of Alabama for my entire life. As I mentioned last week, I just turned 40. I’m single, my coaching business still hasn’t gotten off the ground, and I’m not taking the steps I need to take make those dreams my life.
Or am I?
Making your dreams happen requires big action. Turning your dreams into your life takes massive action.
And no, massive action isn’t one step above big action. It’s deeper than that. Lemme ‘splain.
Massive action simply means that you make your goals your life. It’s that simple. You’re being and doing all that it takes to make it happen.
Your goals and dreams become all-consuming and all encompassing. They are your life.
Take for example, my dad. I’ve written about him before and I’ve used this analogy from his life.
Tony Hall was a crackerjack keyboardist and always wanted to own a Fender Rhodes piano. Dad always admired musicians like Earth, Wind, and Fire’s Larry Dunn, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, and his personal hero, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. All of whom made the Rhodes piano their own.
Back about five years ago he got wind of a high school buddy selling a Rhodes piano. Dad bought it and I was thrilled!
Aside from my sister and me, music was my dad’s life. And seeing him excited about playing again was a sight for sore and mourning eyes. He even told me that some guys had talked to him about playing with them.
But my Dad let his addictions, depression, and other health problems get the better of him. And he died with a ton of dust on that piano.
You’d think the massive action was buying the keyboard. That’s not entirely correct.
In this scenario, the massive action would have been practicing and getting his “chops” back so he could play how he used to be able to play.
When your goals and dreams get in your blood, it’s difficult to get them out.
Consider iconic baseball player Henry Aaron. In my mind, he’s still the all-time home run leader. And yeah, I know Barry Bonds has hit more…y’know, on a technicality.
I’d rather not talk about that.
“Hammerin’” Hank turned 83 in February. He’s still the team’s Executive Vice President.
This story proves to me that when your purpose gets in your blood, and you take massive action in service of that purpose, that passion never goes away.
I was listening to a Braves game on the radio a couple summers ago. The announcers started talking about coming to the ballpark early one morning and hearing a steady, rhythmic CRACK.
They walk onto the field and see Aaron. The Hammer is sweating profusely, has a basket of balls beside him, and he’s taking batting practice off a tee.
Baseball is Henry Aaron’s life. He’s still taking massive action in service of that.
Let’s get back to me. I mean, this IS my column after all…
The stuck feeling that I’ve been experiencing has been shaken loose. And it took big, honkin’, massive action to shake it loose.
And yes, I used “honkin’” as an adverb. What of it?
The massive action I took was selling my beloved lake house in Alabama, packing up a U-Haul, driving for three days, and moving to the New York area.
There’s a ton of fear in my space. There’s a ton of uncertainty in my space. There’s a ton of exhaustion in my space (I mean, that’s a helluva drive!)
But there’s a ton of excitement in my space. There’s unlimited possibility in my space. And there’s hope in my space.
I needed this. I needed to set my life up with hope, possibility and joy. And I truly deserve it.
And it’s not just me. Everybody deserves it. Everybody deserves the love and joy and possibility with which I’m setting up my life.
I have a question for you guys reading this today. Are you willing?
I’m serious, are you willing to be and do what it takes? Are you willing to take the chance? Are you willing to spend the hours behind a keyboard getting your chops back in shape? Are you willing to hit a speed bag at four in the morning? Are you willing to write ten pages of garbage to get the one paragraph of gold? Are you willing to uproot your life for pure possibility?
Dreams don’t come true without massive action. Could a sample coaching session be the massive action you need to kick your dreams into action?
Shoot me an email at email@example.com to set something up. Or follow me on twitter at twitter.com/ryanhallwrites.
I should admit, my move has me feeling unsafe. I don’t have a permanent place to live yet. I have a ton of unanswered questions.
But this move gives me a better shot to make my dreams and goals happen. And you must be willing to take that chance to live the life you want to live.
Are you willing?
Are you willing to take that massive action?
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