Inadequacy is a good thing

If you are experiencing feelings of inadequacy - that is a good thing. Because you are stretching yourself beyond what your comfort zone.

If you aren’t experiencing inadequacy in your leaderhship development or other areas of your life - it’s because you are doing things that you already know how to do. But the human mind was designed for challenge, growth, and forward momentum.

Sarah Blakely, the founder of Spanx, speaks about how, when she was young - her father would ask her at the dinner table “What have you failed at this week?” Because for him, failing at things is what leads to success. Embracing inadequacy creates growth and progress.

She also said in an interview recently, “If I go more than 2-3 months without embarrassing myself, I get nervous.” Here is a self-made billionaire talking about seeking out ways to embarrass herself, therefore embracing her inadequacies, and learning how to further change the world in the process. 

May we follow in her steps.

LOOKING FOR JUSTIFICATION

Have you ever stopped to think about how often you justify your holding back from going after that which you truly long for?

We’ve all got ‘em – great excuses to justify holding out on our dreams (and desired impact on the lives of others).

The question is this: How long will you pursue justification? How long will you keep blaming your past? Others? Circumstances? Fear? Etc.

Justification is most often a self-centered focus in an effort to protect oneself.

Tough to change the world from such a position.

CLARITY INVITES RISK

I was talking with a client the other day. He is in a place where he feels “stuck” – unsure of what steps to take next in life.

And beyond that, he is seeings some potential risks to take but is fearful to step into them.

Have you ever been there?

You know what things you “don’t” want to be doing but aren’t sure what you “do” want to be doing?

And so risk seems a bit arbitrary.

And it occurs to you that in the midst of it all, putting in the energy to get a clear vision will take some serious mental labor.

Yet, you see that without a clarity of vision, there is no context for taking risks.

And so if you don’t put in the mental labor to get clear on your vision, you necessarily won’t know what step to take next. You will feel “stuck.”

How willing are you?

CALLING OUT VOICES

Great people use their voice to call out the voices of others.

They do not sit around hoping to hit the destiny lottery, simply hope to get rich or famous, nor think only of themselves.

Because they know those things are in the end, empty.

Great people break down every obstacle necessary to help you find your voice and live your destiny.

Have you paused today to consider whose voice you could call out today?