I wrote those words in huge letters on a blank piece of paper as I listened to Dr. Joe Vitale speak a couple of years ago.
Those words spoke to me.
I even have a keychain with that same sentiment, so as not to forget.
If you follow my blog regularly, you already know. I have an uncanny way of seeing opportunities and quickly acting to make things happen. I actually pride myself in staying aware and nabbing any opportunities that present themselves to me pronto.
It’s always such a delight to see how circumstances will fall in my lap, and good things come of them. Right?
Usually. But today I have another story for you and there are multiple lessons here.
This one is about a really big missed opportunity and Dr. Joe Vitale himself!
Here’s the short version:
While gathering our speakers for our Making It Online Now live event in Dallas last weekend, Marian LaSalle and I worked off a short list. We chose rock star marketers like Pat O’Bryan, Tony Laidig, and Mindy Audlin.
We confined our list to people we had close, personal ties with and knew them so as to make it easier to ask them to speak. Makes sense, right?
To us it did, but we also discussed what it would be like to have a really big, international superstar speaker join our ranks too. Dr. Joe Vitale’s name kept coming up. But always immediately dismissed because we thought he was TOO BIG for our event. (Really, is there such a thing as too big?) We decided on the front end that of course, he would say no and that was that.
It’s the old “can’t see the forest for the trees” thing . . .
Imagine our surprise when we got word once the event was over that Joe Vitale said, “Wish I had known.”
Wish I had known??
You can’t imagine the times we said to each other, “I wish we could get Joe to come.” Really, in hindsight, it’s amazing to me that one of us didn’t say, “let’s invite him.” The worst case scenario? He could say no. That’s all. Zip. Nothing more.
It’s a simple fact that sometimes our own belief system gets in the way. You see, we didn’t believe Joe would come (after all, he was one of the stars of the blockbuster movie, The Secret) so we didn’t bother to ask. We weren’t thinking bigger. We were looking at what we thought we knew to be true, which was based on . . . nothing!
Small thinking . . .
Was there any reason to think it wasn’t ok to ask? After all, we’ve both met him on several occasions, had conversations with him, and he even knows our names! It’s not like it was a shot in the dark.
But our small thinking bound us.
So what to do now?
My choices as I see them: 1) drown myself forever in woulda, coulda, shoulda’s; 2)decide that I don’t know what I’m doing and give up; 3)bore people to death by continuing to whine about it; or 4) keep moving forward, accept the lesson, and put that “Think Bigger” philosophy to work.
The turnaround . . .
Next time I see those words “Think Bigger” dangling from my keychain, I will have a reminder of one time when I didn’t. And for me, that changes everything.
“Think Bigger” now means ALWAYS go for it!
Because we all know what happens next.
The most amazing magic!
p.s. With that simple, “wish I had known,” Joe Vitale again shows why he has so many admirers. He is the kindest, most generous man walking around. Take a look at his amazing work here: MrFire.com