You ever hear the story about the actor who was an overnight sensation?
The overnight sensation took eight years to be an overnight sensation. Life has a path that sometimes we need to go on many different times.
One of the things I like to do at the end of a week is look at my ah-ha moment in my performance this week.
What did I learn?
You can’t judge it on the money you make, you can only judge it on what you learned.
What is the ah-ha moment?
When you have an ah-ha moment, a moment of clarity, you think to yourself, this is the beauty of human beings, that next week is going to be much better.
That’s if you’re an optimist. If you’re a pessimist, you’ll beat yourself up and say I can’t believe I make the same mistakes over and over again.
An eternal optimist like myself will realize that whatever ah-ha moment I had or had this week, I always think the following week is going to be the tipping point where things will change in my performance to whatever I am trying to get better at.
Then the following week I realized that I’m still not where I want to be or where I imagined to be, but I have yet another ah-ha moment. Another truth gets uncovered.
That’s the startling truth behind an ah-ha moment.
You’re uncovering another layer. You’re not uncovering the magical layer that gets you to where you want to be because in reality — and it’s like this in a lot of businesses that I’ve done — it’s a lot of ah-ha moments which leads to another ah-ha moment which leads to another one.
Then all of a sudden I find myself making a lot of money. It feels like that the money just came out of nowhere, but in reality, with all the preparation it was all the lessons. It was all the embracing of the lessons, and it was all uncovering each ah-ha moment as it popped up.
That’s the beauty of ah-ha moments. You uncover them step by step until all of a sudden you put the pieces of the puzzle together because that’s really what your life is about. If you’re learning a new skill, you will be putting each piece of the puzzle together. Each week you will learn something more that you need to work on.
Sometimes you might have to do it over and over again. You might have been told the answer. You might have been told how to do things the right way, but until you get out of your own way and have each and every ah-ha moment, nothing is magically going to change in your life.
That’s what ah-ha moments are all about. Embrace them, and ask yourself this at the end of every single week or every single day. Have a daily ah-ha moment.
What you learn today.
Then see if you can carry that momentum forward until the next ah-ha moment the very next day. At the end of the week, take a look and see what your biggest ah-ha moment was of the week.
This is how you grow. This is how you evolve, and this is how you get to whatever level you need to get to. I’ll see you guys soon.
Previously published on davidwygant.com.
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