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Why would someone say, “Becoming successful is not convenient”?
After all we all seem to want to become successful, don’t we? Well, here are 8 reasons why it is not convenient.
- There is a cost to becoming successful. Opportunity costs are what you give up in return to do something higher up on the internal meter. You have one thing that is good and fun to do by itself, but if you choose to work on yourself or a business, you are giving up that fun thing to do the work.Now let’s look at a real world example. It’s 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and you are working on your opportunity or business or catching up with your family time. A very good friend of yours calls and says, “Let’s go to the gun range, today”. You love going to the range, but you haven’t spent time with your family or have several important calls to make for your business. Successful people make these sacrifices daily because they see the value in the future.
- Successful people do not get successful working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They work 12, 14, 17 hours a day. They love what they are doing, so it’s not work. Work after all is desiring to be someplace else while you are working. If you love what you are doing, you do not desire to be someplace else (make sense?).
- Successful people send time every month working on themselves by investing in personal development. They recognize that there are things about themselves that they could improve if they just spent some time on it. There are skills that are needed and tasks to master in order to move ahead.
- Successful people very seldom make it big trading time for money. They learn how to leverage their time. This could come from investing (having your money work for you) or through something as simple as network marketing. Learning how to maximize your results from your efforts is key to your success, no matter what the field.
- Successful people do not follow the herd. They have a vision and step-by-step they start to achieve it. Walt Disney founded Disney World but it wasn’t huge until after his death. Someone told his son one day, “Too bad your dad wasn’t alive to see this.” He replied, “He saw it first.”
- Successful people are open-minded. They are always looking for a better way to do something. They might go to a seminar and say, “if I learn just one thing today it will be worth it”.
- Successful people surround themselves with positive minded and talented people. This might include changing or alternating peer groups. It is essential to your future to be around people that support and encourage your vision of success. If you aren’t, you are likely getting discouragement instead.
- Successful people see an idea and act on it very quickly. Then move mountains to get it accomplished. The words “I can’t” are not in their vocabulary. They don’t fear failure, but rather know it can happen and expect to learn from it if it does.
Each one of these 8 reasons will cause a disruption to your daily life in some way for at least a little while. But keeping a normal life is what got you where you are. If you want to be somewhere else, if becoming successful is important, you need to do a little disruption now and then.
There is a tape that a friend of mine gave me a long time ago. It’s called the Winner’s Edge. Great tape, and lots of good stuff on it. I am reminded of one thing in particular as I am creating and launching new products.
In it, Ray Pelletier asks what if every day were January 1st? Other than a perpetual hangover for a lot of folks you may be tempted to say “So what?”
What do people do every year on Jan. 1? They set new goals or resolutions. They mentally wipe the slate clean. They start over on their promises and intentions. They take this arbitrary date on a calendar that really is only significant because we GIVE it such and they FORGET THE PAST so they can CREATE THE FUTURE!
If you treated every day like it was a fresh start from where you are now, what would happen? Would you have less stress? Less headaches? More energy? Would you see the possibilities before you because you were at a beginning?
Don’t we all generally look forward to the potential of what lay ahead at every time of year? In the Spring we have warming weather and Easter. In the summer we look forward to vacations, cookouts and ball games. In the Fall we tend to breathe a sigh of relief as we send the kids off to school and get them out of our hair. Finally in the winter we are all about Christmas, presents, football and winter activities. It’s all about what can happen it seems. We tend to bury the past in favor of the future.
As we move through the year, we drag the baggage of the missed opportunities, the little failures, the big problems, the small and the inconsequential with us only to let go of them at January 1st.
Why not act as if EVERY day is January 1st in that respect? Let’s drop all that baggage now. Let’s now wait another week or another month. Most importantly, let’s not wake up in a month still dragging last month’s baggage with us. Let’s all leave it behind every day and focus on the future.
Imagine what life would be like if you lived each day like this. It doesn’t mean you don’t ever think about the past, because we build upon our past. But it does mean that we don’t let our past rule our future. It’s too easy to get caught up on our past problems or failures.
Instead, get caught up in your future and your triumphs. Build on yesterday and today. Discard the past that doesn’t work and keep what does. It’s the only way to treat every day like it’s a new year.
First thing I have to ask you is this: Do you have an open mind and an open heart?
Now why did I ask that? Hmmmn.
Well, an open mind should be obvious. You can’t pre-judge things and people and be able to find an opportunity. It’s that simple. Don’t pre-judge. You never know when someone will come into your life that will offer you something or have something that will help you. You never know when a piece of information will come to you that is that missing ingredient.
The open heart is your own. Are you ready for opportunity? Not everyone is. If they were, the world would be a far different place! Are you ready to act? Are you ready to see yourself taking advantage of an opportunity or are you still paralyzed with fear and indecision?
Some time ago I was in Nashville for a training seminar. A woman I met owns a video production company with her husband and saw the cover I created for the training tape set. Turns out she is looking for someone to design video cases for their company. While I haven’t been pursuing graphics projects for some time, I am always open to new projects. So, we exchanged information. That’s having an open mind and heart.
One of the speakers talked at the end of the second day about motivation and opportunity. Wow, he was good! What he had to say and how he said it were really inspiring. So, we talked about the website and he promised to look at it. I will be calling him to see if there is something we can do together. That’s having an open mind and heart.
I was there for training, but I made two contacts with people I had never met before that may mean more money. It was because I had an open mind and an open heart. I was open to talking to these people, and I was able to see myself working with them, before we even talked. That is having an open mind and an open heart.
A quick note here: I am not just referring to business opportunities. Opportunities can be for relationships, learning, career, where you live, what you drive, what you where, who your friends are and even what you think.
So, now that we have an open mind and an open heart, where ARE the opportunities?
Huh? That’s it?
Yep. Everywhere. Look at the paragraph that started with “A quick note here:” That describes an awful lot of types of opportunities doesn’t it? So, with all those types, doesn’t it follow that they are everywhere?
Click. (The sound of a light bulb going on.)
So if the definition of an opportunity is that broad, then why don’t we see them?
Closed mind and closed heart. Is yours an open mind and heart or are they closed?