The white path is easy, comfortable and requires no change.
The dotted path has a gap but a big payoff. It’s hard, risky and requires a financial loss.
It doesn’t matter how successful you already are, the confidence gap is part of the journey. It’s where most people fail to take their success to another level.
For most people, the fear of loss is much greater than the desire for gain so people tend to stay on their comfortable path taking incremental increases. The dotted path requires a loss of money that is usually short, while the gain received is much larger and continuous.
But I use the word “usually” because that’s the problem, that’s the risk. It may not work. The gap is a scary place. It’s unknown. No one there tells you what to do or how to do it. You have to believe in your ability to figure it out.
I call it the confidence gap because the only thing stoping you from crossing it is the belief in yourself.
There’s no right time to cross the gap. There will always be less than perfect conditions. There will always be people around that don’t want you to change and are trying to hold you back. You just have to build up the courage and do it. Jump in the water and start swimming. With each stoke you take towards that mountain, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
Also published on Medium.