“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”
When I started with my current company 8 1/2 years ago, I never knew how much I was going to have to change to become a person who succeeds. I also didn’t realize how strong I would end up being on the inside, and how things I thought impossible then, now happen on a regular basis. It has been a journey of discovering who I was in God and how to get rid of all the things that were holding me back. I know one thing for sure. I couldn’t have done it alone. The Lord wonderfully supplied people to help me at each stage.
I really love that quote above by Thomas Jefferson, but I think that something needs to be added to it. It should go something like this:
“If you want to achieve something you’ve never done before, then you need to become someone you’ve never been and do things you’ve never thought possible.”
SUCCESS IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE. The sad thing is most people won’t DO what it takes to get there. Unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and groomed to succeed from the time you were born, you are going to have to do it the way most of us have, by working as hard on yourself as you do on your business.
So what things did I have to work on?
For a long time I didn’t really believe that I could succeed. I always thought that you needed to be someone special, you know the typical popular type, who won all the time and everything came easy to them. One thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t one of them. I had to come to realize that my perceptions had nothing to do with who could succeed and who couldn’t. Being successful has nothing to do with how you look or who people think you are. It has everything to do with who YOU believe you are and once I started to believe I could be successful, I saw some results which built my belief even more.
This one was a hard one for me and there are still days where I really have to fight it. For me procrastination was an easy way of quitting with an excuse. There were always so many reasons why I couldn’t and they all seemed good ones at the time, but really all they were, were my justifying the fact that I didn’t believe it could happen for me, so I gave myself a way out. Which leads to……….
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One thing I have learned about achieving success is that it isn’t all glamorous; most of it is hard work and self discipline. (There are still days that those words make me shudder.) Am I going to watch TV or get on the phone and make those calls? Am I going to sit at home and design yet another flyer or am I going to get out and talk to people?
The best way I overcame procrastination was to take a lot of continuous action and then see the results, and when I saw the results it made me want to take more continuous action. I wish I could say that self discipline is my best friend, but I can tell you that we are getting closer everyday.
I spent most of my life being average. I would do enough to put me in the middle, but when it got hard or obstacles got in my way, I would quit. I wasn’t the best, but it was a lot easier that way. The thing was that I longed on the inside to be successful and at the top. I didn’t understand how other people got there. Again, I thought that they must be special and I wasn’t. What I didn’t know then, but do know, is that they aren’t any more special than I am, it just that they were willing to keep on going even when it was hard and uncomfortable, and that obstacles could never truly stop them unless they allowed them to. There is always a way around, through, under or over any obstacle and it those who don’t quit that win.
So my question to you today is this, “Are you going to do whatever it takes to succeed, or are you going to sit in unbelief, watching TV, wishing you were that special person?”
I know, it’s a in your face question and it might sting, but facing reality is the first step to achieving all your goals and dreams.
To your success,