We all do it. We sit and contemplate. I know that I do it all the time. For me, success and everything that goes along with it is usually the topic of contemplation. I hope it is for you too.
The key is to be contemplating success and not lamenting failure. So why would I write a blog titled “This should piss you off?” Because the success you dream of has been right under your nose for a long, long time and it is entirely your lack of seizing it that has caused you to miss it.
“Wait Rob, that’s not fair!” “After all, I’ve been working really hard to be successful.” Yes, I know, but life’s not fair. And how hard have you really been working? Let’s put this into perspective.
- How much time have you spent in the past week mindlessly surfing the Internet? Think about it in terms of minutes per browsing session and then put those together and think of the hours. Ouch! Past month? Double Ouch!! Past year? Triple Ouch!!!
- How much time have you spent in the last week watching mindless television? Ouch! Past month? Double Ouch!! Past year? Triple Ouch!!!
- How much time have you wasted doing other things that you know are not important?
How do I know to ask these questions? Well, first of all, it’s not rocket science. But mostly, it’s because I have done them myself all too often and IT F%$#ING PISSES ME OFF!
I have big, huge, massive freaking goals for my life and while I have achieved a ton already, I have so much more to do and so much further to go. If I had utilized JUST HALF the hours that I’ve spent wasting time in front of the TV or on the Internet on studying and working toward my goals, I’d probably have achieved 75% more of them by now. Damn that pisses me off!
See, we almost always know what to do. The key is to actually do it. How many seminars have you been to? How many books have you read? How many audios have you listened to? How many notes have you taken? Why haven’t you acted upon them? Why haven’t you implemented?
It could be because the material you were exposed to just didn’t strike a chord with you or really inspire you. This happens. Some authors, coaches and speakers just don’t jive with some people.
It could also be because you’re lazy. Ouch! Tough to hear I know. Ask yourself if this is true for you.
It could be because there is so much information that you feel overwhelmed by it all. If this is true, what do you do? Well, you begin. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time of course. But just get started.
It could be because you have already attained a certain level of success and you have developed “fat cat” syndrome. You’re happy and comfortable where you’re at…or so you think.
It could be because you desire you to have a million dollar lifestyle and you are trying to achieve it with minimum-wage work ethic.
One of the above explains why you are where you are. Which one is it for you?
This whole topic reminds me of one of my favorite quotes.
“Those who are willing to spend a few years doing what most won’t, can spend the rest of their lives doing what most can’t.”
I kept this quote pasted in my bedroom over my desk the entire time I was in college. I see this quote thrown around quite a bit and posted as fancy pictures on the Internet all the time. But take some time to really think about what it is saying.
Example: Most people that strike out on an endeavor of success have every intention of achieving their dream life but most don’t. If those people were willing to put away their TV, limit the Internet and destroy their time wasters for a few years and replace them with hard work and study, they could then spend the rest of their lives living a dream life.
Another Example: Most people say that they want to live a healthy life or be in better shape, but most don’t. If those people were willing to dedicate their life to healthy eating, exercising and throwing away their bad health habits for a few years, they could then spend the rest of their life in good health. (providing of course that they maintain a healthy life)
So, what is it that you need to do? You already know the answer but are you willing to spend a few years doing what you haven’t been doing, so that you can spend the rest of your life doing what you want to do?
Are you willing to put in the work? Are you willing to design a plan that you have been putting off designing? Are you willing to create daily rituals that will help you get to where you’ve always wanted to be? Are you willing to put away your time wasters and replace them with success builders?
The fact is, you’ve known what to do all along and this should piss you off. How bad do you want it?