“It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as it goes on forever.”
In our experience, the bigger problem is not that people don’t know what to do…many do. The bigger problem is the actual execution. The doing. The action. In the midst of the many reasons that people never get started is a lack of confidence.
Confidence in our abilities to succeed is one of the most important factors to help us reach our goals and our full potential. Self-confidence, or self-efficacy, is the victory before the battle that we need to get us to show up to the battlefield. The lack of confidence can be manifested in a number of different ways: fear, intimidation, or insecurity.
To give some concrete scenarios, think back to the certain classes or a certain major that you chose not to select because of the difficulty. Think about that business idea that everyone thinks is awesome, but you won’t do anything about it because of uncertainty in the your ability to see it through to success. Think about that person you find extremely attractive, but you will not approach them. And then you find out, after they are in a relationship with someone else, that they were digging you too and all you had to do was ask (but it’s too late now)!
For those familiar with the book The Art of War, by Sun Tzu (book can be read here), he has a concept known as “Death Ground,” whereby which any army placed on death ground, faced with the choices of winning or dying, will find a hidden gear and learn to fight like their life depends on in; because IT DOES!!! This is the same concept for tackling anything in our lives about which that we are not 100% confident. Flame On is the point where, after calculating the risks and planning strategy, we pick up the confidence that we do have and jump off the cliff with all confidence that we’ll figure it out—just like Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four when he wanted to conquer his ability to fly and shouts “Flame On” just before he hits the ground!!! This is where the term Flame On comes from.
The crucial part of reaching our dreams and our goals is getting started. And flame on speaks to how we overcome the inertia of inaction caused by fear, intimidation, and insecurities. Strategically placing ourselves in situations where we, metaphorically speaking, have to sink or swim is how we fulfill our full potential. And the reason is that we don’t know what we are capable of doing until we push the envelope and toe a line that we have not seen before. What you’ll find is that you’ll figure it out! We learn and gain confidence by these victories along the way.
The game’s already started, and the clock has been running. Don’t wait until the final minutes when you know now what needs to be done. Flame On and get started now. As the Nike brand/motto states: Just Do It!!!