They Say I Have Psychological Issues… But I Don’t Think So

After my email yesterday, a reader wrote in commenting that wanting to save the world is effectively ‘messiah syndrome’.

Now, I’ve been called all kinds of things in my life, but this was a first.

That said, I don’t have messiah syndrome.

When I wrote that I want my headstone to read ‘Without Martin, humanity might not have survived’, it doesn’t mean I see myself as a saviour.

Nor do I have delusions of grandeur.

Like I said, I’m just a guy.

So then why did I say that?

And, why am I talking about myself again?

Because, of course, there’s a lesson you can take from it.

See, that ‘ultimate ambition’ isn’t about what I want to achieve or accomplish, at some point in the future.

Instead, it’s about the kind of person I want to be, right now, today, and every day.

I want to be an individual who helps, who serves.

Right now.

And also now.

In other words: stating that ultimate ambition has to do with my self-image, my identity.

The reason this is relevant to you, is simple:

What kind of person do you want to be, right now and today?

Someone who has a ‘someday dream’ and isn’t taking action on it?

Or someone who has a dream and takes action each day to make it a reality?

It’s an important distinction, because if your identity is ‘someone who’ll get to it some day’, chances are you won’t.

Whereas if you identify as ‘a person who does what it takes, relentlessly’, your dream will get closer to becoming real with every action you take.

An example:

I love living in an organised, clean, empty house.

That’s my dream.

But unless I take action on it, I live in a messy place.

So, I forget about the dream of it, and identify as a person who does what it takes.

And that starts over again every day, at the start of the day.

I get up, I make the bed.

Every day, instantly, and usually in that order.

Because I want to be the kind of person who does that kind of thing.

This distinction – the difference between being ‘a person with a dream’ and ‘a person who works on it’ – is huge.

It’s literally the make-or-break difference for you getting and building what you want.


How do you identify?

When looking at your big hairy audacious goal…

Are you the kind of person who works on it, relentlessly?



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