Your refusal to accept a higher level of responsibility is a loss to yourself and to us all.
Only you can be you. Only you can fix whatever it is you’re best at.
And the rest of us need you to fix it!
We are all capable of giving an exponentially greater amount of ourselves to all that we do, at all times.
And that scares the shit out of us when we first know it to be true
Some of you are already in agreement with me and just need help shaping your vision and story in such a way as to allow you to move forward on it.
You’re ready to give it some physical shape and a marketing presence so that others may benefit, not to mention yourself.
The rest of you are wondering why I am being so seemingly drastic or why I think you’re not working as hard as you ought to.
So let me put you at ease on those two points.
You are already capable of making your dreams come true
The human brain is infinite in its capacity to create. Infinite! For that reason alone, you should feel calm, knowing that your life can be more than it is.
Or can at least be what you envision it to be next, even if you can’t see how that’s going to take place.
So, this first point is a faith builder. It means to have faith in your abilities, whether you are aware of them or not.
This second point, about working hard, has two sides to it.
Effort and Efficacy.
How hard are you working but more importantly, how well are you doing that work?
Some of us do need to donate a little more blood, sweat, and tears to the mission than we are currently supplying.
I know I did (and sometimes still do) as I’ve moved forward:
- We relax too much
- We take too long to complete tasks
- We procrastinate in a thousand ways
- We make assumptions that don’t bear up to the test of time
- We give too little and expect a return which we have not earned
- Or we’re just lazy and kidding ourselves about the reality of accomplishing our mission
If I just pissed you off by saying that, then doublecheck my words against your results
Maybe you are working as hard as you can and are befuddled by your lackluster results, or no results.
Maybe you’ve been working so hard for so long that it seems you should be running the whole world by now.
Been there. Done that. Trust me, I know your pain if this is you.
The long time running joke in my house was me saying (as I held up my thumb and pointer finger a millimeter apart), “I’m getting close!” for the hundredth time. 😉
So, it’s probably not an “effort thing.”
Working harder can also mean just applying ourselves to the problem in a more effective manner.
I’ve stated elsewhere in this site,
“Don’t confuse busy-ness with accomplishment.”
- Work smart
- Set deadlines
- Take a day or two off and come back refreshed
- Develop a bird’s eye view of your situation
- Ask for help
- Educate yourself more fully on a critical topic in your program
- Find a mentor, someone to emulate
- Above all else, develop a sense of urgency
One of my greatest mentors, Glenn Dietzel, constantly advises:
Treat your business as a business, not a hobby.
Otherwise, you’ll just get hobby results.
This means thinking of yourself as the CEO, the Boss, the President.
It means acting like a leader. Play time is over
The world is in dire straits. Most people are unaware of how tough it’s about to become in the near future.
They’re going to need guidance in every area of life.
They’re going to need people to lead them out of the coming mess – specialists, people not afraid to take charge of their area of knowledge.
They’re going to need you!
Be there for them and watch what incredible rewards come your way for accepting this challenge.
Reaching my full potential, above all else, is what drives my need to succeed
Who I choose to follow will greatly impact the path I’m on and the results I will get.
So I follow very few and only those who have what I want – be it lifestyle, knowledge, skills, or wisdom.
But I’d much rather own my destiny – take the reins in my hands.
This is because I am a born leader.
I don’t follow all that well. It’s a negation of my greatest strengths
- I lead the way
- I organize
- I envision the win
- I provide the impetus and the encouragement
- I develop the belief and faith to succeed in others
- I accept the challenges and responsibilities
- I want, at all times, to be held accountable
I do and want these things even if no one is involved than just myself.
It’s how I lead ME!
If I allowed myself to not rise up to these claims, I’d be a hypocrite.
And the thought of being a hypocrite irks me. That irking is what keeps me honest, even if I am the only one who knows whether I’m staying true to my own words or not.
So, I ask nothing more of you than to demand from yourself that which I demand of myself.
I’ve got some selfish reasons for this but they are based in my becoming even more of a help than I already am – a continuation of my rising to my own challenges:
- I want you to be the best at what you do in order to prove my words to be true
- I want you to be the best in order for me to partake of whatever important wisdom or tools you have to share
- I want you to be the best just to see your face and hear your words when you’ve attained it – to celebrate your victory with you
- And I want you to be your best in order to increase my options for future partners in what I view to be my best creation yet
I am designing my “Inner Circle.”
Not everyone working with me will qualify as a member, nor wish to be.
That’s fine, as I don’t want to work with everybody at that level. Just the right bodies.
Because it’s how I plan on surviving the coming years and THRIVING as well.
I do not fear the future. I welcome it.
The times of greatest change are the most optimal for exponential growth and success
I want to be positioned to take advantage of the coming times. So should you.
Good people out there need you to fill the role you were destined to inhabit. You can do this!
The photographer of this post’s featured photo: Mark So