I sat next to a CEO of a Fortune 100 company on a plane today. We struck up a conversation and spent quite a bit of time discussing success and failure … specifically the role that making excuses plays in those failures. I can’t do it because… I would have if… I am just not smart enough, rich enough, fast enough, tough enough–you get my point. Looking back on my life both good and bad I noticed that everything that happened was a result of the choices I made and the actions I took. So, in essence, we really do control our own destiny. Sure, I agree that timing and luck do play a small part, but the choices we make and the action we take are the main influencers of our current and future state.
We want to be in shape. We want a big annual income. We want a great partner. We want health and happiness. We all do. So the question is are you making good choices and are you taking massive action.
Look at all the successful people you currently admire. They all have the same things in common. They first decided to achieve their dreams, and then they put in the work to make it happen. They develop the rituals and habits necessary to keep them moving forward. They NEVER make excuses. They celebrate small successes. They plow through setbacks. They surround themselves with like-minded people. They focus on the goal, not the clock on the wall, and they make sacrifices along the way. Most importantly, they stay laser-focused on the choices they make and the actions they take.
Just remember, no matter what it is you are trying to accomplish, you’ll experience your fair share of frustration and setbacks. You will be attacked by haters. Trust me, I’ve had more than my share over the last six years. The real key is that no matter how many times you are knocked down, you quickly and defiantly pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back in the game again!
As I write this I’m touching down in Las Vegas. Choices and action… Hmmmm…