Can You Ride 2 Horses to the Finish Line?

Can You Ride 2 Horses to the Finish Line?

Most of us get our information from a variety of sources. It’s sensible, especially given world events and the relentless news cycle. Skepticism is healthy, even necessary.

But when it comes to gurus, experts, or coaches, you can’t ride two horses to the finish line. You’ve got to choose.

This doesn’t mean you can’t read books by different authors, listen to different podcasts, or take different courses. But what you learn and discover needs to be filtered through a singular source.

The Bible wisely states no one can serve two masters. If you were brought up with Biblical traditions, you likely take this to mean you cannot serve God and another god.

But what I hear in “No one can serve two masters” is that you can’t have more than one intention at a given time. Too many intentions inevitably serve as counter intentions, canceling out each other. What I also hear in that is that you can’t have more than one focus at a time. You must know what you’re working towards and give your attention to only that.

Similarly, when you’re serving two masters, you end up giving too much attention to contradictory information instead of acting on the information you were already given.

Surrender to your master. Trust that you will learn everything you need to learn through them. That’s where the juice is.

Make a Mess Now

Make a Mess Now

When we’re afraid of getting it wrong, we often don’t try at all.

We assume there is a direct path to success, so we end up wasting hours, days, weeks, months, and years trying to figure it out before we even begin.

We assume our gurus did not struggle with any of this (usually because their struggle is hidden from plain sight). We assume they did not have to make it up as they went. So, we have an excuse not to make it up as we go either.

Maybe your gurus never made a mistake. Maybe. But the more likely possibility is they made more mistakes faster, learned from them, and adjusted their strategy as required. They figured out the many ways something would not work. But because they were committed to figuring out how it could work, failure was never an option, and the struggles were written off as temporary setbacks and learning experiences – even if they were horrid.

Taking the next step can be downright scary. But what’s the worst-case scenario? Assuming you’re taking calculated risks and not outrageously stupid ones, the worst possible outcome is you learn something from the experience.

You can’t wait for perfect timing or permission to make a mess. You’ve got to start making a mess now. It may be your only pathway to figuring it out.