About 6 years ago, I was sitting at Philippe in downtown LA with a good friend, Steve Knox.
Steve was mentoring me at the time and he said to me something that has stuck with me to this day.
“You are the only one who is going to stop you. You are your own worst enemy. Get out of your own way.”
At the time, I remember feeling hopeful as I believed that nothing external would be able to hold me back and so the possibilities were endless, right?
Then my thoughts shifted to “How do I get out of my own way?”
And I had no answers.
I kept thinking, “David, just get out of your own way and stop being your own obstacle…”
And that didn’t work.
Fast forward 6 years and I have learned quite a bit over that time frame.
And the biggest thing I have learned is that in order to get out of my own way, I must stop walking into the mirror.
What I mean by this is: If I focus on “getting out of my own way,” the focus of that is still on myself…how do “I get out of MY own way…”
What if I shifted this conversation to “getting in the way of others” or “focusing on others and the difference I want to make in their lives?”
What if I stopped staring in the mirror and being self-focused, and chose to focus on my impact on others.
And did whatever it took to see that impact happen.
Knowing that it is pretty difficult, if not impossible, to change the world while only focusing on ourselves.