Above everything... what gets results?
What I am writing about today applies throughout the year, but is particularly present in our minds in the second half as we start to remember all of the goals we set in January and begin to feel we are not as close as we might have hoped...
So let's look at perhaps why, and what you can focus on to get closer to your goals.
You see, everyone dreams...
I am sure you see what you want...
You can imagine the life that you want to live...
And you hope that you will someday see that.
And I hope you do too... But unfortunately, that is not enough.
Thinking about it alone, doesn't get you much closer.
I mean, having the intention is great...
Intention is an important part of achieving...
Having that intention... Having the goal... Visualizing it... Reminding yourself of your "why"
But that's not where most people fail...
Most people are GREAT at dreaming.
Most people are GREAT at knowing what they would prefer to have...
But Most people... Where they fail...
Is in the action part...
Most people have the desire to succeed
without the practice of success.
- What was your goal at the start of the year?
- Are you on track to achieving it?
- What are you doing each day to get you closer?
Again, most people can picture it, most people can visualize what they want.
They are "manifesting it..."
They are putting that intention out into the world... And that's great
It's the practice where they stop.
I love one of Tony robins' quotes.
"People are rewarded in public for what they've practiced for years in private"
I like that quote because it reminds me of 2 things.
1. Practice is required to develop competence
2. That all the people that I see as successful, most likely
spent years practicing "it"... Meaning, I can be successful too, if I practice "it".
So... How is your practice going?
For most of us... it's going... "okay"
It's time to backtrack a little...
What do you think trumps everything in online business?
What do you think is the most important focus for success...?
More important than goals, more important than our dreams,
What do you think is more important than the educational product, than our beliefs...
What is the most important thing you can do to reach success?
Well, Humor me for a second here...
Imagine you're overweight.
You would prefer to be fit.. but...
You don't believe you can lose weight
You don't have any real goals to lose weight
You don't have any training, team or support group to motivate you to lose weight.
You don't have any special tools to help you lose weight (gym membership)
You don't have a big "WHY" to push you to lose weight
Now imagine, for whatever reason... One day, you go outside... And you RUN...
You run until you simply can't run anymore.
you run for 2 hours...
and afterwards, You find yourself vomiting... In pain... Your body is in shock...
Its a hard, frustrating, time consuming and painful experience...
And yet, the next day, you go outside , and you run again.
You do this without exception, each and every day. You NEVER miss a day.
At first, it hurts... There is pain... Sometimes it's raining... Sometimes you are tired...
Sometimes you don't "feel" like it.
But, for whatever reason... You keep running... Every day.
You start to find it becomes easier each week, as your body adapts and strengthens.
You run for months on end, and on the anniversary... 1 year later...
You have run 365 days in a row.
What do you think is the result of all that running?
Would you have lost weight?
Everyone knows that if you run for 2 hours each day for 365 days in a row,
it is impossible not to lose weight.
You drop weight significantly... In fact... You would be incredibly FIT.
Now that is not a lesson in fitness, and I certainly do not recommend you run for 365 days in a row.. The example is to highlight one thing an one thing only.
Your result... is a product of you, consistently "showing up."
It's not about how fast you are going.
The most important contribution to your business...
If you show up in your business, daily.
It's not the tools, it's not the team, it's not your dreams, it's not your hopes, it's not the business itself.
It's your focus and ability to persevere, even through pain,
Even when discouraged, when you are tired or simply just don't "feel" like it
The speed at which you are traveling towards your goals isn't nearly
as important as your determination to "show up" every day.
If you "show up" in your business... The results will take care of themselves.
To use the example above.. If you RUN only once a week...
You could run indefinitely without ever getting results.
It was the consistency of running that produced the results.
So what to do...
Have confidence in your ability to learn.
"Showing up" is more than just sitting at your desk... "Showing up" is being truly present. Being engaged in your work with continued learning.
"Showing up" will help you in amazing ways, as long as you decide that you can and will learn.
Showing up is your tool for allowing this time to learn grow and produce.
How I find it works:
The only reason I can write this blog today, is that I have "shown up" every day for three weeks previously.(much longer really)
This action of showing up daily eventually exhausts my to-do list.
Just like anyones to-do list (written or not) "I should watch that training video."
"need to reply to that email" "I need to make that video"
"I need to learn to build my website"
(We all have lists of the tasks we KNOW we need to do, What people have shown us, or what we have decided to do next)
When we "show up" each day, that list inevitably, completes.
When it completes, that's when the magic of production (showing up) really happens
It's the consistency of completing tasks that gives you the time, skills and energy to begin to create.
More time to notice and focus the other things you can do to push yourself forward.
For instance, we fast forward 1 month, you have been "showing up" everyday...
and now 30 days later, you find yourself arriving at your desk...Ready to "show up" again with all your focus... Yet you have nothing to do...
Your to-do list is complete. Time for a break? NO!
This is the moment...! It is in that exact moment that most people say something like "well, I've done everything I needed to do today, I might take today to relax"
Don't do that.
It takes the most strength to "show up" when you seemingly have nothing to do, and yet it's in that exact moment, that you will find real progression. "What can I work on, learn next"
These "extra curricular" activities will take you to places you have never been... And "if we want something we have never had, we must be willing to do something we have never done"
Set aside time daily.... Every day... Block it out. "This is when I work on my business"
To your success
I find Brendon Burchard to always deliver such well thought out and beautifully constructed life truths... He is hard to ignore. I wanted to share this video with you as while I was watching it yesterday, I could see how so much of it applied to online business (and all life) and thought you might like it too!
Watch the video below
Developing the growth mindset.
1. Believe in your ability to figure things out.
2. Question your assumptions
3. Create your own curriculum for growth
4. Honor the struggle
To your success
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