Was Stopping My Podcast A Huge Mistake!? Here’s What Happened…
I know way too many people who are stuck in a relationship, or a job, or a business they can’t stand, because it’s what they’ve always done, and the only thing they know.
They know they should stop, or leave, but they won’t because of fear.
But what they perceive as an attempt to retain security, always comes at the cost of a better and brighter future.
Here’s what I want you to know…
It’s okay to let go of something that no longer serves you.
If you don’t, you’ll become a slave to it.
It will halt your growth and keep you anchored exactly where you are, draining your joy, anticipation, and development in the process.
Today, I am a completely different person than I was 36 months ago.
And as I was going through this transformation process, I realized that I would never be able to reach my next destination, until I let go of the ties to my previous life.
You can’t move forward into the future if you keep one foot in the past.
My previous identity was tied to achievement, and the game I chose to play for achievement was business.
In the game of business, the scoreboard you judge yourself upon is revenue and how much of it you make.
After nearly losing my life, I quickly realized that spending your life playing the revenue game is a trap…
Yes, it’s a sexy one that is sold to us on a daily basis, but it’s definitely a trap, especially when you’re willing to sacrifice your health and happiness to achieve it.
Why? Because it never ends. There is no finish line.
When you base your self-worth and identity on a number, there’s always someone who has a higher score than you.
It starts at making your first $10,000, then $100,000, and then $1,000,000.
But once you hit $1MM, that buzz quickly wears off and now you’ve gotta go for $10MM, then $100MM, and the game continues until you die trying to win it, or finally realize that you’re the fool playing an unwinnable game.
This is an incredibly hard trap to spot because we’re conditioned to want to pursue and win this game by modern society on a daily basis.
That’s why it usually takes something extreme like a health crisis or a divorce before you become aware of it, and the price it’s costing you.
Once you make this realization, you’re presented with a choice…
Keep playing and stay stuck, or walk away from the game so you can start playing a new one.
I would recommend walking away.
Why? Because it’s an opportunity life is presenting to you in order to grow.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of people who are given this choice won’t take it out of fear.
Fear of the unknown, or fear of loss, and nothing good ever comes from living a life based on fear.
In order to walk away, you have to be willing to let go of you connections to the past.
I went through this process after I left the networking industry in 2010.
I had accomplished all of my goals and had nothing else to do or say in that world, so I could stay safe and be miserable, or I could cut all ties and start a new chapter in life.
I chose to grow.
I handed the business over to my partner and walked away without a plan B for my income, and a new baby on the way.
Removing myself from that industry wasn’t easy.
I walked away from $500,000/Mo in income, and one of the biggest brands and businesses in that industry so I could fully embrace the next chapter of my life.
I even tried to get my best-selling book, “Magnetic Sponsoring” taken off of Amazon, but unfortunately that’s not possible. (Just a head’s up… Once you publish a book on Amazon, there’s no way to completely remove it. It is tied to you forever).
Most people wouldn’t be willing to do that. The fear of the unknown would hold them captive.
But it was the right move to make.
My passion and energy returned, and a few months later I launched the most successful business I’ve ever built.
As I continue to make a similar transition today, I realized the last connections I have to my previous identity were my website and my podcast.
So three months ago, I pulled the plug on one of the most successful podcasts in the world with guests like Tony Robbins, Daymond John, Tony Hawk, and Gene Simmons to name just a few.
If you want to step into a new chapter in life, you have to cut all of the anchors loose.
I had already moved on from the game of business, so hosting a show all about business was no longer congruent.
If I kept it going, my lack of enthusiasm and discontent would have only driven it into the ground, while holding me hostage in the process.
So what’s happened since then?
I’ve let go of an obligation that my heart was no longer in, which has provided me more space and time to focus on what I truly want to create.
In order to create, you must make room for that new creation to take root. You have to remove the weeds and clear out your garden in order to plant the seeds of your future.
Yes, I will start a new podcast at some point because I love the people it’s allowed me to meet, and the impact it’s enabled me to make on so many people around the world.
But it will be a show that’s based on my new identity and passions, instead of the old.
And as for the website, MikeDillard.com will get a complete overhaul in the months to come.
At that point, my transition into this next phase of my life will be complete.
If you are stuck in a relationship, business, or personal identity that’s holding you hostage, I would encourage you to let them go.
Let go of your fear so you can free yourself from the past.
Cut the anchors loose, because there’s a beautiful new destination that’s waiting for your arrival.
You’ll never regret pursuing your dreams, but you will regret giving up on them because of fear.