Over the past weekend, we have moved ever closer to the next big project. As we began “Scouting” for locations, I was thinking how the size of the support group diminishes when it gets closer to “Action Time”. I suppose its normal and reflects the true condition of either the spirit of adventure or the level of confidence. I can really only speak for myself, but at age 40 I was ready (more than ready) to stop living the life of conservative existence and strike out in the direction of adventure and pursue some dreams. (and I’m not referring to some wimpy dream that can be accomplished on 3 weekends and at no risk) No, I’m referring to something that is bigger than I can do and requires more resources than I have and is probably bigger than I have left of my lifetime to accomplish!
To me, the prospect of ALWAYS stretching for the next step is exhilarating. Tense sometimes for sure, but intensity beats monotony any and every day. Monotony was getting up every week day to the sound of an alarm at 6:00 am. Scrambling around to get to work to do the same thing, solving the same problems. Driving home in rush hour traffic realizing that I just did the same thing today as I did yesterday and will do tomorrow. Every weekend getting the chance to unwind a bit, do a few short things for myself and then get psyched up for the next week. (I’m breaking out in a cold sweat just writing about it)
On the other hand, the project I am gearing up for now has adventure written all over it. Every part of it is big, bold, exciting, ground breaking and, to a degree…..uncertain. I’ve shared bits and pieces of it with many. The whole picture has been reserved for the “Inner Circle” of “Can-Do” people who I know will not cower at the thought of taking some real action.
Here is what’s interesting to me and kind of the point of this article. When I talk big plans, (or even small ones for that matter) I can see in the eyes, comments, body language, just where a person’s comfort zone is and where their panic boundaries are. Let me say this. we are a culture of very small thinking, very small comfort zones and very small panic boundaries.
I’m not going to name names or point fingers, but seriously, some of you need to expand your “Zones” a little! If you are going to talk the talk, then let’s see some walk the walk. I’m looking a project that could develop in three different sizes, The smallest option will likely be about $1.3 million. Second option would be probably about $4 million. (I’m not even going to mention option 3. That one is currently beyond my comfort zone) But even then…….There are a certain set of circumstances where option 3 would be worth the pursuit.
Since I’ve thrown out the bits and pieces of this latest project, I’ve already seen most of my friends run for cover. Even facebook friends that I don’t even know that well have suddenly disappeared. Maybe they think I’ll try to get them involved. Maybe they think my talk is just talk (time will tell on that one) or maybe the thought of stretching beyond the boundaries of a comfort zone hits too close to home. If that’s the case…..I’m not sure what to say other than let me offer my condolences.
If you’ve let your dream die. If you’ve intentionally killed it. If you are letting it starve to death of mal-nutrition, shame on you. I would hope that everyone has a dream too big to fit into weekends, too big to fund with your piggy bank (or even a home equity loan) and will take long enough that you couldn’t possibly complete it in your lifetime!