You’re gonna have to push your limits in all areas of your life, not just the actual construction of your business and online presence, in order for it to come to life and achieve the goals you set for its existence.
The Marine Corps was all about that.
We took everything to the ‘nth degree, regardless of what the task was or why it was happening. We were taught:
- To be the best
- To look our best
- Do more with less
- And get the best results out of everything we did at all times
Can’t tell you how handy that’s come to be as I’ve grown online and offline.
Depending on what it is that you’re trying to achieve, you’re going to be tested in different sections of your life and in different ways during your business dealings. You’re not going to know what these tests will be until they hit, in many cases.
So, your first step is to “gird your loins”
(Got that from “The Devil Wears Prada” a great movie about leadership and pushing your limits in order to succeed if ever there was one!)
But that’s a metaphor. Your loins’ll be OK. It’s your mindset, your attitude, and your perception of what you consider “comfort” to be that’ll need girding. To gird means to belt on your sword, to get ready for action, to protect yourself against the coming task. Or my favorite – To steel yourself against the coming challenges.
As you can tell, I translate most things into physical and aggressive pictures. This is because the bulk of my life has been nothing but dealing with everything from a physical standpoint and refusing to accept the status quo. This refusal leads to a life packed with fights of all kinds because I have been at odds with most everything around me, and even within me.
But as I got older, my needs and wants changed. I then pulled from that physical experience history and transmuted those lessons and habits into mentally based strengths and responses.
And the aggression has softened in form but not in tone. I aim to have what I want and it still requires that I fight mightily to get it. I’m just more strategical and tactful now.
So, be ready to push your limits as you move forward. If any of this were easy, everybody’d be fantastically successful at their chosen profession or in the promotion of the favorite passion.
This stuff ain’t easy but if you demand more of yourself and have me at your side for guidance, you’ll eventually reach the goals you’ve set, which will have made all the suffering worth it.
Be willing to expect more from yourself. Your self will not let you down. It’s actually waiting for you to push it. Trust me.
The photographer of this post’s featured photo: Kyle Johnson