You can blame the economy, but this is not going to help you improve your business because you simply can’t change the economy. Instead of saying that your business is getting affected by the soft economy and you can’t do much, take the responsibility and learn the hard way from the tough economy.
And so you can then create plans to improve your business. The same like giving excuses. When you make excuses, you are giving away the power to control the situation.
When you say you don’t have the skill or time, or you have no idea how to do it, you are turning off your brain to think.
Event + Response = Outcome
We can’t control whatever that is going to happen to our life. We can’t control which family we were born into. We can’t control certain event in our lives.
However, we can definitely control our response to it.
If you are stuck in the jam, you can choose how you want to response. Some people will get angry and drive recklessly. Some people will just enjoy the songs from their radio. So you see, same event, but with different responses, you will get different outcomes.
Hence, stop playing the blame game. Stop giving excuses. If you are not successful, it is because you don’t take responsibility for it. It is not because that you don’t have the time. It is not because of the economy. It is not because of your competitor. It is also not because of your family.
It is because of YOU. Change your thinking, start taking responsibility and your life will change.
Here’s what you can do:
- Try to be conscious and take note of your thinking.
- If your thinking does not support you, take responsibility for it, and change it. You are the one who makes up the thought anyway.
- Whenever you are blaming or giving excuses, say ‘cancel’ out loud and change your thinking.
3. Their Consistency
One very powerful habit you want to adopt to succeed in life is to be consistent about what you want and what you do.
Successful people are consistent with their dreams and their goals. They persist with what they want and they take consistent action day in and day out.
Unsuccessful people are not consistent with what they want. They jump from businesses to businesses and they hop from one opportunity to the next when things don’t work out. They take action only in the first week and are they never follow through and are not consistent with their effort.
This is what separates the extraordinary from the ordinary. Extraordinary people do the ‘extra’. They take more action and they are very consistent.
Do you know that everyone can becomes a millionaire as long as they save a small portion of their money and invested at a small return for a period of time?
The problem is that most people are not consistent.
Most people understand that they can become wealthy through long-term investment, but the problem is that most people are not consistent and they give up after a few months of savings and investing.
Do you have a dream or any goal that you wanted to pursue but you never really bother much on taking action?
You need to be consistent. Focusing and working on the small detail every single day. And eventually the small results will accumulate and become huge success.
Success Takes Time
Lionel Messi, the football star once said:
“I start early, and I stay late. Day after day after day. Year after year. It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.”
Rome was not built in a day. Apple did not become an overnight success. Most people I know did not become a millionaire overnight.
It takes time to build the success you want. You have to understand the Law of Gestation for this. Building a successful business requires years of consistent effort. It is not a one-time-hit kind of thing. It is not that you start and form a company today, and tomorrow you will be successful. I sure hope it works this way, but unfortunately, it doesn’t.
Everything requires time. A dog takes about 60 days from conception until born. A rabbit gestation period is about 30 days. And a carrot takes about 70 days from the time you plant it until fully grown.
The same goes for your success. It requires time. So be consistent with your dreams and your goals.
Here’s what you can do:
- Be consistent with what you want. Don’t jump from opportunities to another. Focus until you become successful.
- Success takes time. Just believe and trust that things will work out.
- Take consistent action every single day.
4. Admiration VS Resentment
Do you admire rich and successful people? When you see someone driving luxury car, what is your first thought? Are you thinking that the guy who drives the car must be lucky or probably he has a rich family or he must be cheating to get rich?
Well, if you resent rich and successful people, guess what, you won’t be rich and successful.
The thing is that you will never get more of what you resent, right?
If you hate listening to rap songs, do you think you will save a lot of rap songs on your computer or your phone? Chances are, no.
What about if you resent people who are rich and have a lot of money? Do you think you will have a lot of money in the bank? Chances are not going to be high, right?
Think about it.
Successful people admire other successful people. Unsuccessful people resent successful people. It is so obvious that most of us don’t realize this. Due to our past conditioning from people around us, we learn how and what to think about other people.
When you were a kid, your father will probably tell you that if you want to get rich, you need to work hard. Which is only true to a certain extend.
And this is also the reason most people are not rich and they are working so hard. They thought that as long as they don’t work hard enough, they don’t deserve the money.
We have been conditioned since we were children. Again, there is no right or wrong, as long as what we believe doesn’t support and empower us, we should change it.
So change the way you look at things from now on. When you see someone successful, bless and admire him. Learn from him and understand how he achieved it.
When you resent and hate successful people, you will never want to understand them and you will never learn how they achieve their success. Get it?
Here’s what you can do:
- Start admiring and learn from other successful people
- Mix around with other successful people and rich people, learn how they think and their strategies.
- Follow great leaders in social media.
- You can even write a thank you note to these great people and tell them how they have inspired you.