Zig Ziglar tells a story of winning a sales contest and taking the prize home to his wife – a country ham. She promptly cut the ends off the ham and puts it in a pan to cook it. He asked her why she was wasting that good ham. She told him that’s how her mom cooked her ham. So, he asked her to find out from her mom why she cut the ends off the ham.
Recently I helped my niece plan the menus for a weekend celebration of her husband’s graduation from Veterinary School. We had many blind spots as we started planning. We didn’t know what we didn’t know.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Today I’m testing that wisdom.
Over the past months, I’ve written about the Masterpiece Work process in many different ways. I have no doubt that I’ve written multiple thousands of words about it, just in 2018.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been asking leaders this question: What held you back from moving into your Masterpiece Work? Their answers most often related to the desire to KNOW what was going to happen and exactly where they were going before they made the leap from their Zone of Competence or Zone of Excellence into their Masterpiece Work.
“It was Mrs. Peacock with the Candlestick in the Conservatory.” Have you ever played Clue? The goal is being first to identify the victim of foul play, by deducing the answer from clues you discover as the game progresses.
Our Upper Limit Problem (ULP) is providing us with clues, also. They’re right in front of us. We just have to look for them. If we know what we’re looking for, we can track our Upper Limit Problem back to the source.
Have you ever wondered what keeps you from making the leap into your Masterpiece work? Somewhere along the way, we’ve picked up messages that place a limit on the amount of success, love, and money we deserve. These limiting beliefs and fears create a scarcity mindset that blocks you from receiving or accepting the abundance God wants to give you.
One thing I love about writing this blog is the response I get from those who read what I’m writing. Over the past month, I’ve made some changes that make responding to the post easier – and people have taken the opportunity to answer the question I’ve posed.
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her companions set off to see the wizard on the yellow brick road. As they enter the scary forest, they chant the well-known phrase, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” As I considered the challenge of upper limit problems, limiting beliefs, and fears, I was hearing their chant in my head.
It was early 1981. I’d graduated from college June 1980, after a disastrous student teaching experience. I got married in October of that year and was looking for my first “real” job. The disastrous student teaching experience really sunk my confidence; I’d wanted to teach ever since my freshman year of high school. I didn’t know where to look. On top of that, our country was in a recession, so jobs weren’t plentiful.