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You vs. Your Problems

Size Yourself Up then Step Up!


In our last +1, we talked about the fact that the law does not concern itself with trifles and we busted out some old-school Latin and applied it to our lives.

De minimis non curat Optimizers!

We shall not concern ourselves with trifles!

Today, we’ll approach the same challenge of getting caught up in trivial things from another perspective.

T. Harv Eker wrote a great little book called Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. In it, he tells us that our “problems” are only problems in relationship to how we’re showing up.

It goes something like this.

You can have a Size 1 problem. Or a Size 3. Or Size 5. Or even a Size 10 problem.

Let’s say a Size 1 problem is someone cutting you off on the freeway. Or maybe stubbing your toe. A Size 10 problem is, let’s say for the sake of discussion, you dying.

Now, how you perceive and RESPOND to any of the “problems” in your life will be determined by YOUR size.

You can be a Size 1 person or a Size 3 or a Size 5 or a Size 10 or whatever.

Now, let’s look at what happens when you experience a Size 1 problem of someone cutting you off on the freeway. To be blunt, for that to be a big deal, you need to be a pretty small person (at least in that moment). For it to be a REALLY big deal (like, I’m road raging kinda thing), you’re being a flea-sized .01 version of your potential 10 self.

Can you see that?

Now, we can march up the scale of problem significance and see that if we’re operating from a pretty high perspective, all those problems become less of a big deal.

Lose your job or face a creative challenge in your biz? The Size 1 or 2 or 3 version of you freaks out then shuts down for months. The antifragile 7 or 8 or 9 version of you says, “Bring it on. I’m about to get better. Let’s do this!!” The 10 you just laughs and says, “Yep. It’s go time. No pressure no diamonds, baby!” and then shows up with more grounded power than ever before.

Of course, if you want to go really nuts with it, dial yourself up to a Spinal Tap 11 and now you don’t have any problems. You just have life happening and you surfing the waves of life.

All of that to say, Do you have a “problem” in your life these days? (If you’re human and alive, the answer to that question is “Yes” btw. lol.)

What size is it?

And, what size are YOU being?

And, most importantly, how can you +1 yourself just a little more today to see that problem from a higher vantage point?