Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change

The Stairs Are Faster Than The Elevator

February 22, 2024 Travis Maus Season 4 Episode 134
Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change
The Stairs Are Faster Than The Elevator
Show Notes Transcript

This isn't just about lofty ideals; it's about concrete lifestyle choices that can reinforce our aspirations. I share personal tales and actionable steps—be it shunning the office elevator for the stairs, opting for a standing desk, or passing on processed temptations—that serve as visceral daily reminders of our progress and potential. By the end of this episode, you'll have a blueprint for mental reprogramming that propels you to keep climbing, no matter how daunting the ascent to success appears. Tune in for an episode that's more than just talk—it's a call to action for those ready to live out their ambitions with every step they take.

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This is Unleashing Leadership and I'm your host, travis Moss. And it is quote day, my favorite day of the week, where we take an inspirational quote and we talk about the inspiration behind her, how to apply it to our lives. And today's quote is there is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs. That's by author Zig Ziglar, and in my opinion, the bigger the staircase, the greater the success. I think there are probably four types of people. First type people who don't want to climb at all. They're content, needy and wanting and begging, getting a handout, kind of like leeches on everybody. They never do anything for themselves. Then you have people who want to climb but they're not prepared yet. To those people you will never, ever be prepared if you don't start, because you have no idea what it's going to take and how long to prepare yourself or how to prepare yourself and how far you'll have to go in self discovery until you get your ass moving. If you're afraid to get started, you'll have that conversation with fear that we talked about.

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People who start climbing. Just the third type people who start climbing and think that they've reached their limit. You haven't. You haven't even come close to reaching your limit. It doesn't matter how far you think that you've gone, or how long it took you to get there, or what you had to overcome to get where you are. You are just scratching the surface. You are limitless in what you can do. Then you have the fourth kind of people who start climbing, and they fell in love with the challenge. They realize there are no limits. These are the people who just always push it, always go further, always drag people behind them. Look where we're going. How do I keep up with them? They have pain, those people. It's not that they don't have pain, it's not that they don't have challenges, it's not that they don't struggle like everybody else. It's that they use it, though, to remind them of every single milestone they've passed, of every fear they've conquered, the opportunities they didn't even know existed until they reached them. Hard to imagine what you can be until you see for your own eyes that there aren't boundaries on you, and it's hard to get started. It absolutely is. And sometimes it's even harder to keep going because you're going to hit the wall once in a while, and every now and then you're going to have deep self doubt. So we need a method to program ourselves, and here's just one idea that I have about how you can program yourself.

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If you work in a building with an elevator, take the stairs every day to remind yourself how far you have come and how far you are going. Every step you take, think about why am I taking the stairs? Because of how far I've come and how far I'm going. What have I done and what am I going to do? Every single step. Say it in your head as you're going up the stairs.

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If there's 50 flights of stairs, get to work early. If you sit all day, start standing at your desk when it seems silly. Why am I standing? You're not standing because you need the exercise. You're standing because you're trying to remind yourself everything that you've done and everything that you're going to do. If you drive five miles to work every day, start walking or running to work. I'm not saying you got to do all these. Do one of these, one of these examples. Make your own example.

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If you eat too much junk food, you go out and you get too much fast food or stuff like that. Stop Every time you have an urge. Remind yourself how far you have come. Make it a badge of honor to pass up that junk food. Reject the craving, be proud of the pain. That pain means you're getting healthier. That pain means you're getting stronger. That pain means that you can overcome something.

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Pain is a reminder that you're alive, that you're not dead. These are just ideas, though I use them because they're lifestyle actions. They're things that people probably repeat every single day. What you need is a daily reminder of how capable you are of growing. You need to tell yourself how capable you are of finding your own success. You do not need a handout. You do not need a cheat code. You do not need freebies. Your kids don't need them. Your parents don't need them, your colleagues don't need them, your employees don't need them, your team members don't need them. Y'all just gotta get moving forward, get your asses moving.

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You say well, you know I can only climb one flight of stairs in my current condition. That's all I can handle. So what Work on yourself then? What's holding you back? You go get fear and you sit them down. You have that conversation with fear. You say fear, why are you holding me back? What's your damn problem? Fuck, you fear, get out of the way. And then you climb that one flight that you can every day, and the only thing you do different day to day is you try to do one more stair. That's it. You climb one flight of stair and try to do one more. Get to know your challenges, embrace your challenges. They are what will make you stronger. Your challenges are the stairs that you are going to step on as you pass by. And without your challenges, you are nothing. You are going nowhere. You need challenges, you need to find challenges, you need to step on the challenges. The ones who climb the highest are the ones that overcome the most challenges. Go, get yours.

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