EASY is a concept often misunderstood. People are always looking for the magic bullet. Many are looking for a short cut or path that gets them something with relatively no effort.
When you talk to people who are wildly successful in business and entrepreneurship, the truth becomes very clear.
Easy is something that you create. It’s a combination of hard work and learning. It understands that for you to get where you want to go, you have to have the right mindset to start. You have to have the right strategic model to follow and disciplined action. You have to do the hard work.
Hard work is much more about doing the right things for the right reason at the right time.
Are you creating easy for yourself or are you looking for easy for yourself? One of them will give you success.
I suggest you look at the Vision365 tool in the resources area of the app. This powerful tool will help you map out what “easy” can look like for you.
Think about that.
One of the interesting things I find when talking with lead athletes in the world is that they share many tools and processes. The most common is the idea of mental visualization.
A golfer, before they hit a shot will see themselves hitting the ball in the perfect way to achieve its desired path. Quarterbacks, whenever preparing for games will visualize the patterns of the receivers and running backs moving into space where the ball is to be thrown.
This visualization is paramount for high performing success.
In a similar fashion as entrepreneurs and business professionals, our mind can open and close doors for us—if we have the ability to envision ourselves winning and seeing ourselves achieving all we have planned.
Our limited ability is to visualize the authentic final result is why we often procrastinate. We know something’s not right. We know something is not fully prepared. As a result, we end up being afraid which leads us to fear and limited thought.
Envision yourself succeeding. Think about winning and the emotion of what it feels like to be successful. When you do, your mind will unlock an incredible ability and skill that will help you achieve your goal. As long as you follow up that vision with disciplined action, your mind will open more doors than you can imagine.
Mindset first – action immediately after.
Think about that.
Will Rogers is a significant icon of American history. His comment today, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there,” is very simple and yet truly profound. What a great reminder for us all.
We can have all the wisdom in the world. We can have the best plans in the world. But if we procrastinate and don’t take actions—if we don’t take the risk of stepping out or getting out of our comfort zone—we absolutely will get run over anyway. I know several inventors who had great ideas that could have changed the world. But because they were so afraid that someone might steal their idea or they were unable to find a partner that could help them market or to manufacture it, they ended up taking those inventions to the grave.
It’s important for you to understand that even when you have the best of everything ready to go, you are not finished until you take the first step. Why not start today?
Think about that.
You are in the best place in your life to start. Even though it may not feel like it, you are in the perfect spot to begin the journey to your success. Let’s face it. We all have droves of interests, distractions, and roadblocks that try to keep us from where we want to be. And as a result, we have to make a decision:
Are we to be defined by our goal or by our struggle?
For quite some time, I allowed myself to be defined by my struggle. I was habitually dogged by the, “I don’t have enough time,” mindset. I now know that viewpoint is a lie. I have all the time in the world. It is merely my priorities in how I use my time that needs work. I spent years making excuses and beating myself up over my path, rather than just taking action and focusing on my goal. Now, even on very busy days that are full of other business tasks, I make time for my goal—even if the smallest of steps, every day gets forward motion toward my goals. And when setbacks occur, they are no longer failures. Those setbacks are guiding lessons that get me one step closer to my goal.
Think about that.
Everyone knows me as the mindset guy. But the truth is even with a perfect mindset, if you don’t pair it with action, you won’t go anywhere. They are the Yin and Yang of success.
Mindset and Action are the first and second ingredients of any base recipe for success.
The difference between who you are and who you want to be is all wrapped up in how you think and what you do. When you come to a place of thinking about your thoughts, you are at the best starting point. But thinking is not enough; you must take action. Your first behavior is that’s what puts you on the path to your full success. However, there is a fine line between forward action and busy work. You have to think about what is needed and what is not really. Then, you take action and adjust as you go.
The secret is to just…start.
I invite you to take a few minutes today to stop, pull out your journal, and ask yourself this: The actions that you have planned for today…are those actions directly connected to where you want to be and who you want to be? Or are they “busyness”? Does your workload day-to-day come from your inbox? If so, you have to strip away substitute activity and focus only on the tasks that get you to your goals.
It sounds simple, but it takes incredible discipline.
We all have demands. My schedule is insane with multiple business interests that I keep up, that I enjoy doing, that I like building. With my private clients and the one-on-one time, we spend a lot of time talking about how to get them where they want to be. How do we do all that? It’s through proper mindset, through strategic thought, and through disciplined action. That combination is key.
Whatever excuses you may have going on, I can tell you flat out- fear typically drives most excuses I’ve run into.
Whenever I’ve held up and procrastinated, or I couldn’t quite get something over the finish line, it is always from being uncertain and afraid.
Being brutally honest with yourself is the secret to figuring out why you are not stepping forward. Once you do, by taking that first step, momentum is yours.