Fear rules far too much of what we do in life. Whether we are talking about our professional life or our personal life – we wait far too often to take a chance – at least I do. Many people might find it funny that I say that I am risk averse, I likely do not appear that way to outsiders. I have had a variety of different jobs, I am quick to agree to holiday almost anywhere and I am always stepping outside of my comfort zone taking classes. All that being said, fear holds me back.
The biggest reason I believe it holds me back is the same reason I think that teachers are held back from making changes in their classrooms. What they are doing is working and they are getting good results from their kids . . . good results, not great, good. It’s the same with my life. I’m comfortable and my life is good . . . darn good, but . . . it could be even
gooder great! Luckily, I have someone in my life who pushes me to make my life a little more on the great side of things, my lovely wife. I’ve always wanted to play guitar, she bought me a guitar. I’ve always wanted to learn a second language, guess who enrolled me in Spanish classes? I’ve dreamed of living overseas, a certain someone booked a month long rental in Mexico for the whole family. You get my point. I personally need someone to nudge me to do what I always wanted to do.
So, who nudges you? Who is the person in your life who wants to see you succeed and get to
gooder great. It can be anyone; a colleague, a spouse, heck, it could be someone that motivates you from afar like an athlete or a celebrity who is always pushing at boundaries. Find someone in life who makes you realize that it may be worth it to step outside of the comfort zone you’ve created. Someone who makes you see that your groove is in danger of becoming a rut . . . harder to get out of a rut. Classroom teachers – you know what I mean. At what point does our groove become a rut and, trust me, ruts are hard to climb out of. You can step out of a groove. So, who nudges you?
Further to that, who do you nudge? We play both roles in this life, nudger and nudgee. I nudge people both personally and professionally. I do it consciously. I think everyone can be excellent – everyone. I also believe every child can learn – every child. Therefore I try to push people’s thinking on how they go about living their life. As my wife constantly reminds me, how you live your days is how you live your life. Tackle your fears and make your day great . . . push someone to make their day great! Pretty soon, your life, both professionally and personally, is pushing on great.
Keep on learning . . . and growing . . . .and pushing.