How long does it take you to fill in this blank: “I am not ________ enough.”
Or this one: “My business is not __________ enough.”
I’m guessing it took less than a second.
I talk with business owners and business leaders almost every day. We talk about programs, products, brands, plans, teams and objectives. About launches and visions and missions. And you know what I hear?
“We’re not ready. We don’t have enough experience.”
“People won’t see me that way. I don’t have enough education.”
“I can’t start. I don’t have enough money.”
“I can’t talk to people. I’m not extroverted enough.”
“That’s easy for you. Me? I don’t have enough guts.”
“No one will buy from me. I don’t have a big enough name.”
Did you hear yourself anywhere in there?
I’ve got good news for you. There is no great and powerful judge who hands out rulings regarding whether or not we are enough. There is no outside standard, benchmark or measure for enough. There is no rulebook that states exactly when enough is enough. It’s all in our heads.
“Enough” is a dirty word. It’s nasty. It’s brutal. Trust me, the E-Word is waaaay more vulgar than the F-Word.
The E-Word is a dream crusher, a showstopper, a deal breaker, an un-doer. It’s like the boogeyman waiting under the bed. It’s not real. It’s an absolute figment of our imaginations. Yet we continue to allow it to scare the hell out of us.
Here’s the thing about letting “enough” lie under your bed (or in your head or your vocabulary): it will always terrorize you. You will never beat it. If you let it, “enough” will write a tragic ending to every beautiful story you create for yourself.
How did we get to the point where an adjective rules our decisions? Where a single, utterly powerless word determines our fates?
Here’s the official definition of the word, enough: “sufficient to meet or satisfy a desire.” Meaning deep and powerful enough to limit our lives? I think not.
I’m here to today – feisty and determined and enthusiastic about your future and mine – to call bullshit on “enough.”
I’ve had enough of “enough.”
Enough of the excuses.
Every time we consider the possibility of not being enough, we give ourselves a way out. We give ourselves a chance to quit. A reason to hide. A motive for holding back.
Enough of the apologies.
Enough of the limitations.
Enough of the fear.
Enough of the mamby-pamby, candy-ass, big-toe-in-the-water kind of behavior.
Enough of cannot, will not, do not and have not.
It’s just enough.
How ’bout you? Have you had enough? Share in the comments below.