“I’ve tried everything in my power to make money but still can’t.” (adapted from Byron Katie)
Sound familiar? Ask yourself a few questions: Is it true? Are you positive; absolutely certain it’s true? How’s your life going because you believe it’s true?
Then ask yourself who would you be without that thought? The reality for most people is the flip side – they haven’t tried everything in their power. Their experience of lack is a daily fulfillment of their belief. And it applies to more than money. It applies to all they want in life.
How are your beliefs limiting your life? You may be in a ditch, looking down. Until you take the time to look up, you can’t see the way out.
Change your beliefs. Undo those thoughts. Empower your life.
“Protect your priorities.”
Forces are out there. They’re distracting you, tempting you to lose focus on your priorities, getting you sidetracked. Unless you commit to what’s non-negotiable for your day, unless you pay attention to what you do and how you execute, you risk winding up with vague results. You risk not getting what you want. You compromise your day.
What’s non-negotiable for today?
“Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.” - Jen Sincero
Goals are for more than the evidence of achievement. You create goals to challenge yourself and discover the remarkable person you become in the process of attaining them. The path to becoming remarkable is not about how you and your work compare with another. Move beyond that. Comparison just messes with your head and depletes your good mojo.
Lose the urge to classify and categorize and critique how you stack up against others. Get focused on the energy and excitement of how you, today, are becoming in some way more than you were yesterday. That’s not comparison, that’s expectancy and it’s wonderful fulfillment.
“Don’t compete with rivals – make them irrelevant.” – W. Chan Kim
What you do is about you and how you make a mark on your world. Don’t keep looking in the rearview mirror, trying to see what everyone else is doing. You’ll lose focus, you’ll get distracted. Pay attention to what you do, and why it matters. Focus on what you love, and then do it distinctively, remarkably.
“Start saying no.”
Value time. You get 24 hours every day, and for a third of that you’re sleeping. If you’re focused on a life of results, you use your time carefully, you appreciate the value you both give and get in those 24 hours.
Those who get things done cherish and prioritize their time. They understand its value, they understand the dear cost of time misspent. Those who get things done say no to the trivial, say no to distractions and diversions. Saying no gives them the space to say yes to what’s important, what creates value, what catapults their lives forward.
Time is precious. Use it wisely. Start saying no.
“Lame, vague goals produce a lame, vague life.”
People wind up where they are because of what they’ve done or what they’ve failed to do. Why do so many fail to create definite goals that would, if pursued, transport their lives beyond their wildest dreams? Is it because designing clear, compelling goals creates tension – the tension of then knowing the gap between where they are and where they could be? Is it the tension of knowing they have to get off their butt and do something if they want to really rock their world? Why do so many choose to just stay stuck in a lame, vague life?
You are in charge. Where you take your life is directed by the dreams and goals you create, and the actions you take to follow and fulfill them. Nothing happens until you first dare to dream. Why not dare to dream? Why not dare to dream with a deadline?
“ ‘I tried’ is the poor man’s ‘I kicked butt.’ “ – Jen Sincero
And that’s why they’re poor. Trying is not enough. Those who kick butt don’t try. They push themselves, and then push again, harder; they keep evolving. When they reach a new level of growth and start getting comfortable, they get uncomfortable and push again.
You have a choice. You can push forward, continually, and keep reaching new levels of growth, of achievement, of excellence. Or you can make modest effort, hit a new level, and then stay put in your new comfort zone. Recognize that staying put is staying stuck. Recognize that if you’re not growing and moving ahead, you’re dying and falling behind – often in a barely detectable inch by inch decline.
However you choose, know that just trying is not kicking butt. Kick butt.
“A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.” – T. Harv Eker
No one makes it on their own. We are all part of a magnificent, interconnected chain of energy. When we align with that energy we experience abundance in its many forms.
We get aligned with, and attract, all the cool, positive energy surrounding us when we take the time to be grateful. Our gratitude – for people, events and experiences that surround our lives – triggers in us a receptivity to abundance. Today, open your heart, take the time to appreciate the wonders that already exist in your world, and cultivate within an attitude of gratitude.
“If you can’t fail, it doesn’t count.” – Seth Godin
We’ve all heard of someone born on third base who thought they hit a triple. Delusion.
Seeming achievement in the presence of certainty is just another day.
Move beyond certainty. Raise the bar and test yourself. Risk failure. Discover the life of excellence; one found when you move beyond a sure thing.
“I plant my seed of courage in the belief that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.” - Magnus Christian
With courage you step forward and change events. You change the course of history in the face of challenges, difficulties, and seeming impossibilities. With courage you change yourself.
Yet courage is only as powerful as the strength of your beliefs. Courage is predicated on certainty – certainty of the validity of your beliefs, certainty of your conviction that you can boldly step forward and make a difference, certainty of your ability to somehow summon the power to accomplish what you set out to do.
How powerful are your beliefs? Are they powerful enough to do anything you set your mind to?