Lately I’ve been consuming a lot of articles and information on personal motivation, entrepreneurial drive, and just gathering as many perspectives as I can on how successful business owners continue to strive in both their personal and professional lives. Basically, how do they get up every morning and keep on task and focus when in business there are so many avenues you can take every day.
I had the opportunity to meet and have dinner with a very successful online marketer who happened to be in Barcelona a couple weeks ago. He was in the middle of a 2 month European trip with his wife, four kids, and his parents… all of which, he was paying for. Pretty amazing!
The common theme that came from this marketer as well as those various articles I’ve been reading is that exercising your personal will power
is one of the most important things we can do in life to be more successful and to me, even from a cognitive standpoint, this makes complete sense.
Unless we train ourselves otherwise, each of us will involuntarily move into the path of least resistance. None of us want to acknowledge critisicm and most people don’t have a lot of real interest in making themselves into a better person than they were yesterday.
There is an overwhelming feeling to take the easy road (sleep in, avoid the gym, blame someone else, do less work, etc.)
Well its time for me (and all of us for that matter) to close that road to future traffic.
Not everything we do in life should be difficult, we need balance, but life shouldn’t be a breeze either. What a boring existence. Imagine waking up everyday and it was just merely a slight alteration to the day before. Yaaaaaaaawn! Where’s the excitement? Where’s the celebration?
Most people seem to get their only excitement through the achievements of others (like their kids, favourite sports team, political party), its easier.
This apathy, I think, is also why gambling is such a profitable business throughout the world. People are just looking for a little excitement, a way to spice up their life with a chance at something more… without having to actually try anything challenging.
Gamblers aren’t placing their bets because they really want to have $50,000 more of savings in their account. They want the feeling that money brings and the opportunities for fun and stress reduction the windfall would mean to their lives. Something different from the past 1465 days of real-life reruns.
So to avoid sending my biographical series into reruns as well I’ve decided that doing something everyday that I would prefer not to do is in my best interest for a more productive future. That’s my hypothesis, so I’ma test it out.
I’ve decided I am going to be blogging a lot more (not everyday, but at least once a week) because writing/blogging, somewhere along the lines started to scare me. Still does for some reason. Putting myself out there as brashly as I once had, at some point, became a lot more scary and I began overthinking the consequences to the point of turning myself into all of those naysayers out there that I can’t stand to listen to. All the negative nancys that have 101 reasons why every idea anyone ever has won’t work . And I can tell you that I have personally met dozens and dozens of people that are making millions of dollars and living incredible lives proving people like that wrong. The best ideas are always met with a steady stream of people telling you, “nah, that’ll never work.”
To start on this quest of challenging myself, a few months ago I also decided to start going to the gym a lot more and I have successfully been going at least 3x a week for a while now, even while Barcelona, so that’s been amazing.
But my main struggle is waking up at the same time everyday and getting more “business work” done, so these challenges are certainly a work in progress.
There are 3-4 projects that I have open right now that have serious TO-DO lists with up side potential of hundreds of thousands of dollars for me if I see them through to completion, and I flat out just haven’t been as focused and dedicated as I should be and that has to stop…. today.
I can make excuses, and I can cry bloody murder to everyone I see, but it doesn’t change the fact that I am the one ultimately responsible. If I have known distractions in my life keeping me from being more successful, I can get rid of them. If I think being in Spain is an issue, I can fly home. If I think the chair I am sitting in sucks (which it does), I can buy another one.
All of the factors keeping me from successful escaping the 9-5 lifestyle forever are easily at my grasp and avoiding that reality is challenge #1.
When we take the path of least resistance, we not only avoid doing things in life that would make us better people, but I think inadvertently we also avoid taking responsibility, I mean full accountability, of who we are and in what ways we are not living up to the people we should be.
So with that being said…. my blog is written for today, the gym I will be hitting today at 6pm, and I have spanish class at 4pm (new language within the next couple years is a big goal that is proving difficut).
I wish anyone else that wants to make themselves better, strong, smarter, faster, and more resilient, all the luck in the world, and if there is anyway I can help you, just let me know.