Earning your first million in your business or earning a medal in your sport could be considered a defining moment. But there are many other defining moments that are quieter and less visible. These were the ones that occur BEFORE you achieve success.
When you encounter discouragement or the defeatist voice, that is also a defining moment. When you meet discouragement and resolve to keep going – that’s a defining moment. When the same voice that you have heard over and over say, “You’ve never done it before,” or, “this type of thing doesn’t work for someone like me, ” and, you KEEP GOING, that’s a defining moment.
You see, most people are not going to do what it takes to meet great goals. Most people will settle for comfort over what could be discouraging, tiresome or unknown. In short, most people are too lazy to go through the emotional labor of meeting their goals.
So, just remember, when you hear that defeatist voice, say to yourself, “Thanks for sharing,” and resolve to take the next step in your business.
If you are a personal development enthusiast like me, you’ve heard this so many times! You are what you think about. Your job, relationships and money are directly affected by what you think about all day long.
It is easy to say, change your mind and change your world. Yes, I believe this and you probably do too. However, what if what you see in your life are broken dreams and disappointments? Does that mean you’ve done something wrong? Is it just a matter of “thinking right” and your life will be OK?
Don’t be afraid to tell yourself the naked truth of your situation. Choose friends and mentors who are willing to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel when you have lost sight of it.
Your hunger for a better life and the subsequent actions will carry you through…IF you keep going and don’t stop no matter what you think or feel. Your most important habit is to NEVER STOP.
If you don’t know where or how to start, this simple formula is all you need to remember.
Invest in LDI.
Learn the lessons and how to use them. Learn from your coaches. Learn from your mistakes.
Teach others what you are learning. Tell them about your triumphs. Make sure you have an effective presence on social media.
Watch your business grow.
My friend Jeff Lerner was once $450,000 in debt after his franchise eatery failed. Imagine going to sleep at night thinking about that?! But, he persevered so much he is now sitting on “Happy Street”, actually, it is more accurate to say he is sitting on “Ecstatic Street”.
That’s all I have to think about as I forge my way into successful entrepreneurship. I know that “Ecstatic Street” is waiting for me.
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Former teacher turned psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth set out to determine why some children graduated High School school and others dropped out. More than family income, test scores, good looks, health or talent, grit was the one factor that indicated who would graduate.
In Duckworth’s book, Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance, she outlines what grit really is. It comes down to 1) sticking with goals, 2) persevering after experiencing failure 3) being willing to fail and then start over again using new lessons learned.
This is what I intend to do, putting one foot in front of the other. No fear, no sadness, no guilt, no doubt will stop me.
I’m going for it. My goal is to not only reach an income of $500 a day but I also have fun doing it! A lot of my friends are already doing it. (I like to hanging out with people who make things happen.)
What is your goal? Have you given up on anything? It’s so easy to settle for a life experience that is “ok”. By that I mean just making it financially, having everything under control and paid for but nothing left over at the end of the month. No other goals, such as a vacation or second home are possible in this scenario and life isn’t as rich or flavorful.
I found a career that I absolutely love relatively late in life, mid 40’s. I am a Spanish-language interpreter and every day is a different day. It would be so easy to kick back, remind myself how great I have it, and forget about the income part of my life because I live a comfortable middle class lifestyle.
But, I know myself. I WANT the gravy and tiramisu for dessert. It just doesn’t have integrity for me to settle even though what I have is fine. I HAVE to go for it. I HAVE to try. Having a community surrounding me is key to my success otherwise I listen to my self-sabotaging voice too readily.
Wanna come along for the ride? You never know what other flavors are out there unless you’re willing to taste more of what life offers.