by: Dr. Freddy Davis
We have all grown up in an age
where exploration into dramatic new territory has become routine. We have had
people travel into space to live for short periods of time. We have sent people
to explore the moon. We have built machines to take people under the ocean to
live and work. And we have even built machines, as extensions of ourselves, to
go to places where we could not go physically and send back pictures and other
There is another arena that it
is possible for us to explore - one that we can do personally. It requires a
“risk taker” mentality and an adventurous spirit, and I want to give you
instructions on how to get there. I am going to take you on a philosophical
journey beyond yourself. This may seem a bit esoteric and mysterious, but humor
me for a moment.
Begin by getting for yourself a
clean sheet of white paper. Now, take a pencil and draw a small dot in the
middle of it. For our purposes here, that dot represents something very
important about you. It is the sum total of your entire life.
Now for most people, what the
dot represents, and the territory inside the dot, is the most important thing
there is. It represents their life, their understanding of reality, and all of
But there is something else on
the page with the dot. Look at all of the white space. The white space
represents your potential. This is where you could explore if you had a mind
to. It represents all of the knowledge you don’t have, all of the experiences
you have never had, all of the people you don’t know, and all of the activities
you have never done.
But most people don’t ever spend
much time and effort probing outside of the dot. Perhaps as many as 95% of the
entire population of the planet are satisfied to live in their dot. Now,
certainly, as life is lived, the dot expands some. Everyone learns new things
and experiences new experiences in the course of their lives and this naturally
expands the dot. But it is a relatively insignificant expansion compared to what
is possible. For most people there is no intentional activity that they create
to expand the dot. It just, sort of, happens.
But, this need not be the case.
It is possible to blast out of the dot in every direction and create a life
that explodes with new knowledge, relationships, activities and experiences all
the time. But, it doesn’t just happen. This kind of life must be crafted and
intentionally lived. It requires expending energy and effort, which few are
willing to do.
Five Steps for Expanding Your
So, how is it possible to get on
this journey? There is a simple five step formula that you can use to begin
1. Hopefully the dot exercise
has helped you take this first step. Beginning the journey starts with a
realization. You have to realize that the possibility exists to grow beyond
where you are. Once you realize the possibilities, you can begin to do things
to make changes.
2. Realization means nothing if
you don’t care. The second step is ramp up the desire to expand your universe.
Many people are quite content to go to the same job year in and year out, then
come home after work, grab a TV dinner and sit in front of the TV until time to
go to bed - and do it all over again the next day.
3. Once you have the desire to
explore new avenues of life, you then have to figure out, specifically, what
you want to explore. There are a lot more possibilities than any one person
could ever personally conquer. So the third step is to do an analysis and make
a decision. Where is your life now and in what areas do you need, and want, to
grow beyond where you currently are.
4. The fourth step is to make a
plan. There are specific steps that have to be taken to accomplish whatever it
is you choose to do. You may have to study or practice or work out or make some
new relationships. In other words, you have to begin to intentionality figure
out what you have to do to walk your new path.
5. The final procedure in the
process is to work your plan. This is not a one step or even a one dimensional
process. It will take time and effort. It will take re-evaluation and
adjustments. But, it has to be played out in life if your dot is going to
There’s the Door
Your dot is your life. There is
no way that I, or anyone else for that matter, can expand your dot for you. If
you want it to be bigger, you have to do the work.
There is something that I can do
though, and that is to point you toward the door. It is the door to greater
significance than your life has ever known. It is the door to more excitement.
It is the door to more purpose and meaning. It is the door to more knowledge
and experience. But, you have to walk through it yourself. No one can do it for
you. You can get guidance, insight and encouragement from a lot of places, but
you have to walk your own walk. Begin now! Expand your dot.
About The Author
Dr. Freddy Davis is the owner
of TSM Enterprises and conducts conferences, seminars and organizational
training for executives, managers and sales professionals to help develop
greater effectiveness and productivity. He is the author of the book
Supercharged! as well as the Nutshell Series of books for strengthening
business. You can visit the TSM website at www.tsmenterprises.com, or you can contact Freddy directly
at 888-883-0656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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