I’ve recently taken to watching old episodes of Suits.
Two words: Harvey Specter.
If you haven’t seen the show, it’s set in the high stakes world of corporate law with its big dollar deals, cut-throat maneuvers, and boardroom-sized egos.
Harvey Specter is the hot-shot “closer” with a reputation for winning.
He may be fictional, but a fine study of success traits doth Mr. Specter make.
Unapologetic in his ambition, Harvey is an incurable action-taker. He expects to win, but doesn’t get wound up when things (temporarily) don’t go his way. He’s got a rock solid belief in his own abilities, and regularly bets LARGE on himself.
In one episode, he makes senior partner in the firm.
There’s a board meeting to announce his promotion.
In front of the board, Jessica, the firm’s boss, pranks Harvey by making him think the equity buy-in for senior partners (a cool half a mil) is payable right away.
Harvey goes white and says: “I have to pay the whole amount now??”
Turns out he’s just playing along.
Always the smooth operator, he later hands Jessica a cheque.
She goes: “You’ve had the money since you knew about the promotion?”
“I’ve had it since I first set my eye on becoming partner,” he replies with a smirk.
You go, Harv.
That’s called being all in, my friend.
As soon as you know you want something, act NOW as though it will happen and plan accordingly.
When’s the last time you bet on yourself like that?
The fitness equivalent might be committing to four to six months of a personal training program by paying in full on the first day.
Many clients have justified their investment to me in these terms. Most find it hard to back out once all their chips are the table.
Now here’s the not-so-dirty little secret…
You don’t need Harvey’s confidence in order to do this.
In fact, I guarantee if you’ll ignore your doubts, and simply let yourself be willing to make that bet, your confidence will climb about ten notches, right then and there.
Author Jerry Sternin once said: “it’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than it is to think your way into a new way of acting.”
(That’s worth re-reading.)
So borrow a page from the great Harvey Specter’s script.
Take massive action.
Bet on yourself.
Keep moving forward.
Just don’t be surprised when this works.
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It’s gym time, then taking Olivia to the hairdresser.