Innovation

Are You Tired of Playing Small?

I watched Pearl Jam 20 again over the weekend. The documentary includes epic Mother Love Bone footage featuring legendary frontman Andrew Wood, a performer notorious for playing the smallest stage like he were headlining a stadium show.

I also spent the $100 like everyone else I know to watch the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on pay per view. McGregor turned in an impressive showing in his boxing debut making for an entertaining fight and one incredible payday. The most popular MMA athlete on the planet is well known for referencing how the law of attraction and power of visualization contribute to his success.

Peak performers are incredibly visual; they have the ability to see something before it manifests. Vision and mental rehearsal are battle-tested, time-honored traditions of athletes like Lebron James and Michael Phelps. However, you don’t have to be on the cusp of a championship or gold medal to leverage this technique. To the contrary, visualization can serve to support us mere mortals in creating the life we deserve and desire.

How can you close the gap between where you are today and where you want to be?

“See it, feel it, do it” is an effective strategy. Why limit yourself to simply imagining the future? You can take a page from the Andrew Wood performance playbook and play big today:

VIDEO: Play Big

I will be making my seventh trip of the year to Las Vegas next week to keynote Service World Expo, kicking off a stretch of 16 live events over the next seven weeks. It’s been a great summer sabbatical, and I am excited for the fall speaking season to start!

And when I step onto that big Las Vegas stage, I will absolutely be ready. I have already delivered my next keynote 1,000 times in my mind. I know how it’s going to happen: I see it, I feel it in my body, and when it’s go-time and I move into that space, it will feel completely comfortable. I am relaxed and able to adapt to whatever adversity I may encounter because I’ve already been there before.

This practice and the discipline of preparation doesn’t just apply to the keynote presentation, but to every single aspect of running my business. It’s how we create momentum, capture opportunities and continue to grow in a very crowded, competitive marketplace.

It’s also why I decided to partner with my coach, Jane Atkinson and fellow keynote speaker Kindra Hall to deliver a high-impact weekend designed to help other professional speakers level shift their own business and play much bigger.

Accelerate 2017: How to Build a Million $ Speaking Business was born from an eight year journey in partnership with Coach Jane to deliver epic live events and build a business that matched the very grand vision in my own mind. In this weekend event, we’ll review all of the techniques and tactics both Kindra and I leverage to consistently play big and pursue the next level of opportunity. If growing a speaking business in 2018 is important to you, then I hope you will join us this November in my hometown, Minneapolis!

VIDEO: Accelerate 2017

If you want to play big — especially in this business — it’s absolutely critical to stay in the learning lane. The best investment you can make is an investment in YOU. Once you level shift and are playing bigger, nobody can take that from you!

Playing small serves nobody. Don’t let fear hold you back. Decide to play big right now, from wherever you are! The time is now.