Do more than you think

I “officially” started becoming built to lead on February 19th, 2010 at 3:28pm when I finished a questionnaire designed to help me discover more about myself.  I had so much passion and optimism for BTL and a lot of work to do.  I had no idea how much. I fought the framework and wrote my personal OPUS before I built my CORE.  This doesn’t work.  How do I know?  Because for 5 years I was chasing a big dream with no real commitment, no real discipline, no real work.  I didn’t get very far because I believed that my life would somehow turn around if I just… well… believed.

Eventually my chronic stress and anxiety led me to write this email to Chet on May 20th, 2015 at 5:46pm:

Joining BTL has always been in my head but I’ve never been able to truly commit/believe for several reasons.  I wanted to write down my thoughts and share them.  Why you ask, I’m really not sure other than writing stuff out helps…

I’m scared, can I really make a living doing this? Am I willing to risk everything?  What if I suck?  What if I fail? What if I don’t get Julie’s support?  I’ve been trying to author my own way only to be met with frustration, lack of progress, loss of energy.  I want to experience what you experienced so that I “get it” but I’m not sure I do or ever will.  What does it take to become a BTL leader?  What happens if you die, who will carry on teaching me the BTL way?  How do I do this on my own in St. Louis? 

Chet’s response was CCD:

You can do more than you think, never forget that.

Did you catch that?  Don’t miss this, it’s HUGE, life changing really.  If I wanted to live my OPUS, passion and belief weren’t enough.  I had to DO MORE, think less.  So I slowly embraced DOing the real – hard – work of building a strong CORE by productively taking action.  And sure enough, after sharing my story with a few this week, I realized that the chronic stress and anxiety are no longer there.  I’ve been at this for 7 years, 21 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes AND I feel like I’m just getting started.

4 thoughts on “Do more than you think

  1. You have done more than I ever thought you possibly could. You are an amazing builder and you’re just getting started. Keep working Dohschious. Keep working…

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