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Go BIG or go HOME!

Published:Sunday | September 7, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Corine La Font, Contributor

That's an expression I hear all the time when I watch the competitions on the Food Network or Cooking Channel. It resonates with me for what the phrase does is challenge you to be your best and do your best, no matter the outcome. Even if you don't win, you know that you would not have done things differently; you are confident and can walk with your head up high.

You know that feeling when you are interviewed for jobs, you always walk out of the interview with the conversations rewinding in your mind; the way you answered the questions, the way you were dressed or your posture and say to yourself, 'I should have said this instead of that', 'I should have asked this instead of that', but it is done and there is nothing you could do about it once the interview has ended. If it ended up turning out in your favour, then the conversation goes another way in your head: 'I knew I said the right thing', 'I knew that felt right and I would get the job'.

How interesting we are as humans; convincing ourselves either way to make us feel good or better about a situation.

Why do we need to be comfortable in the first place? Why can't we go through a bit of discomfort in order to learn and to grow? Yes, you feel pain, hurt, embarrassment, failure, loss, dismay or even shock, but what can we learn from all that? We learn that there is always someone better than you, that you still have much to learn, that you must be humble, that you need to dig deep and restrategise for the comeback. That you never give up!

If you want to be the best, then you must do the things that will allow you to be the best. Life is a constant competition to get noticed, to be seen and heard, to be revered, to be respected, to be followed. I watch those in sports and competitions like the 'Food Network Star' or even singing competitions where they fight for what they want. They live and breathe winning and being the best, for their life may depend on it. Many give up their jobs to follow what they want in life to provide a better life for themselves and their families. How far are you willing to go? Are you willing to go big or go home?

Choose to win

When there are sporting events around the world and spectators learn that Usain Bolt will be there, ticket sales hit the roof! Why? Because they want to be around the best. How did he become the best? It wasn't an overnight success, as I am sure you know. He first had to make up his mind to be the best. He had to make the decision to win - go big or go home! Now he is revelling in such immeasurable success based on lots of hard work, sacrifice and a vision to be who he is today.

How many of us are willing to step out of our comfort zone to be the best? How many of you are willing to go against the grain of society, your family's plans for you, the friends you may lose along the way to pursue your dreams? Want to be an entrepreneur, but afraid you might fail? Want to be an author, but afraid what others may think? Want to be a speaker, but you have a stutter or lisp? Why are you allowing fear to get in the way of your success? Fear is a learned trait just like eating and walking. It is False Evidence Appearing Real.

It's not the smartest or the strongest that survive. It's the ones who persevere, but more so those who keep their vision at the forefront of their minds and believe in themselves and what they want to do who will survive and make it under the most challenging circumstances. So which are you? Are you ready to go BIG or go HOME?

Corine La Font is a self-publishing, online marketing and virtual events specialist and consultant. She is also an award-winning publishing resource in the 2013 Small Business Book Awards. Get a copy of her book at http://amzn.to/TFHQka and Tune in to her radio programme at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/helpdeskja. She can be reached at corine@helpdeskja.com.