Personal Success: How big is your bowl?

What do these goldfish have to do with your success?

What do these goldfish have to do with your success?

Did you know that the size that a goldfish will grow to be is completely dependent upon the size of its bowl?

That’s right, if you take a goldfish and place it in a small container, the goldfish will remain small in order to keep from out-growing the container.  But, if you take the same goldfish and place it in a large pond, the goldfish will continue to grow and grow, knowing that it doesn’t have to worry about getting too big.

How big is your bowl right now?  Are you a big fish in a little pond, afraid to step out of your comfort zone and attempt something bigger?  Or are you willing to become a little fish in a big pond in which you can continue to grow and expand your life.

I’ve watched hundreds, if not thousands, of athletes over the years afraid to take the next step.  They are a big deal in their small town, but they are unwilling to take on the risk of stepping out of their comfort zone to take on bigger and better competition out of town or out of state.  So, they continue to hit their ceiling and never really see how much better they could actually be by surrounding themselves with even better competition.

In business, I have watched one business owner after another grow to a certain level and then stop.  They grow to a point where they have maximized their company’s growth with their current knowledge base.  What they fail to do is to step outside of their comfort zone and seek help from larger businesses outside of their immediate surroundings.    If you want to continue to grow your business, you need to realize that you do NOT already know everything there is to know, that there are most likely larger, more successful businesses in your field from which to learn from and that if you want to continually grow your business, you need to expand your learning opportunities in order to grow your own base of knowledge.

It’s a big world out there.

If you are willing to dive into the deep end of the pool now and then, you will find that you are capable of doing much more than you are currently doing.  The real key is to not be afraid of becoming a little fish in a big pond.  Surrounding yourself with more successful people and businesses is the only way that you will continue to grow.  And those big time people that are often called “Big Fish”… where do you think they started?

Every big fish was once a little fish in a big pond.  The little fish continued to learn and grow until eventually they became BIG.

Step out of your comfort zone.  Try something new.  Surround yourself with more successful people than you currently do.  Be willing to become a little fish in a big pond for a while.  Your continued growth requires that you continually expand your boundaries and expectations.  In short, jump into a larger bowl!

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!


Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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