DEDICATE YOURSELF TO EXCELLENCE – Post 507

NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION

Have you ever had to do something you didn’t want to do at work or at home and found yourself grumbling and pouting through the entire thing? It seemed as if the work would never get done. The truth is, sometimes we all have to do things we don’t want to do…all of us. But instead of complaining and being miserable make sure, no matter what you’re doing, to have fun.

The fact is that if something has to get done, it has to get done. And if we have to do it we have two choices:

  • we can be the martyr (they’re always fun to be around) and huff and puff through the whole thing asking: Why me?”
  • or we can decide to make everything a fun task and make a game out it.

Take pride in everything that you do. People will notice your dedication to excellence, your contagious enthusiasm and your positive attitude. And even if they don’t, you will feel better about yourself and your work.

Real leaders forever need bigger and more irresistible challenges.

What tasks do you absolutely loathe doing? Is it paperwork? Mowing the lawn? We all have jobs we don’t enjoy. And if you cannot hire someone to do it, then you’ll have to step up to the plate and get the job done. Why not put a smile on your face while you’re doing it?

For homework I want you to think of 5-10 jobs you don’t enjoy doing. That should be pretty easy. At the top of each page write one job per page in your journal or notebook. Under each job number 1-10. Now, I want you to think about these tasks in a different way. Let’s say you don’t want to mow the lawn; beside numbers 1-10, list the positive results that occur once the lawn is mowed. For example:

  1. The yard looks beautiful. 
  2. The dog enjoys rolling in the freshly cut grass. 
  3. My family and I can play Frisbee or toss a football. 
  4. The smells are wonderful. 
  5. My friends comment on how great the yard looks, etc.

Looking at the positive results that come out of doing a task will help you become more motivated to get the job done.

Using the above exercise, write down the tasks that you do not like to do in your business. (I’ll bet you can think of at least one). Then, as in the above exercise, list at least 5 positive results that will occur when you do a task you do not like to do.

Let’s say one of the tasks is picking up the phone to call people to set an appointment. Chances are, if you don’t like doing that task, you probably put off doing it, or simply don’t do it. Write down at least 5 positive results that can happen to your business if you make 5 prospecting phone calls a day.

Is there another task you do not like to do in your business? If so, keep going through the exercise.

Everyone who works does things they do not like to do. That being the case, would you rather spend the next 10, 20, 30, or 40 years doing things you do not like doing?

OR, would you rather jump in to your business and set new goals, stay committed and focused, put in the required effort, do the right things (even though you don’t like doing some of those things) for a period of the next 2 to 5 years and build an income that will pay you each year for the rest of your life? Liking it is not a requirement. We all do things we don’t like to do in whatever line of work we are involved in. We do those things because we have to in order to get paid. The question is – How long do you want to do it? A few short years that will fly by fast, or 2 to 4 decades?</sp

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THE MAJOR OBSTACLE TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS – Post 506

money-attitudeTHE MAJOR OBSTACLE TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS – By Brian Tracy

The major mental obstacle to financial success is that some people believe that they don’t really deserve to be rich.

THE BIGGEST DEMOTIVATOR OF ALL

They have been raised with a steady drumbeat of destructive criticism, as I was, that has led them to conclude, at an unconscious level that they don’t really deserve to be successful and happy. The worst effect of negative experiences in childhood, which are all too common, is that when people actually do succeed as the result of hard,  they feel guilty. These guilt feelings then cause them to do things to get rid of the money, to throw it away. They spend it or invest it foolishly. They lend it, lose it or give it away. They engage in self-sabotage, in the form of overeating, excessive drinking, drug usage, and marital infidelity and often dramatic personality changes. To change your results with money, you have to change your attitude toward it.

TREAT MONEY WITH CARE AD ATTENTION

The fact is that money is very much like a lover. It must be courted and coaxed and flattered and treated with care and attention. It gravitates toward people who respect it and value it and are capable of doing worthwhile things with it. It flows through the fingers and flees from people who do not understand it, or who not take proper care of it.

BECOME SKILLED WITH MONEY

Sometimes people say that they are not very good with money. But being good with money is a skill that anyone can learn through practice. Usually, saying that one is not very good with money is merely an excuse or a rationalization for the fact that the person is not very successful or disciplined with money. The person has not learned how to acquire it or to hold on to it.

BE A NO-LIMIT THINKER

The starting point of accumulating money is for you to believe that you have an unlimited capacity to obtain all the money that you will ever need. Look upon yourself as a financial success just waiting for a place to happen. And see yourself as deserving all you can honestly acquire.

OPEN ANY DOOR

Money is good. Money gives you choices and enables you to live your life the way you want to live it. Money opens doors for you that would have been closed in its absence. But just like anything, an obsession can be hurtful. If a person becomes so preoccupied with money that he loses sight of the fact that money is merely a tool that is to be used to acquire happiness, then money becomes a harmful thing.

MONEY IS NEUTRAL

The Bible says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” It doesn’t say, “Money is the root of all evil.” It says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” It is the preoccupation with money, to the exclusion to of the really important things in life that is the problem, not the money itself. Money is essential to our lives in society. It is also neutral. It is neither good nor bad. It is only the way that it is acquired and the uses to which it is put that determines whether it is helpful or hurtful.

ACTION EXERCISES

First, recognize and accept that virtually everyone who has money today at one time was broke and probably broke for a long time. Then they learned the skills of accumulating money and they are now financially independent. Whatever they have done, you can probably do as well.

Second, become a student of money from this day forward. Study it, learn about it and apply the lessons you discover toward your own financial life until you begin to attract more and more money in your direction.

 

You Don’t Have to Love What You Do… – Post 505

Rohn: You Don’t Have to Love What You Do……but you have to love the opportunity.

Jim Rohn September 20, 2015

You have to love what you do, that’s what people say. But that’s not necessarily true. What is true is that you have to love the opportunity—the opportunity to build life, future, health, success and fortune. Knocking on someone’s door may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind it.

A guy says, “I’m digging ditches. Should I love digging ditches?” The answer? No, you don’t have to love digging ditches, but if it is your first entry onto the ladder of success, you should be thinking, I’m glad somebody gave me the opportunity to dig ditches, and I’m going to do it so well, I won’t be here long.

You can be inspired by just having found something, even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and even though it is not ideal, taking on a new discipline that you haven’t learned yet. You don’t have to love it, you just have to learn to appreciate the opportunity—and the person who believed in you before you believed in yourself, the person who brought you the good news, who found you. 

If you will embrace the disciplines associated with the new opportunity, you will soon find that your self-confidence starts to grow, that you go from being a skeptic to being a believer. And, soon, when you start talking to people, you will find it to be the most thrilling opportunity in the world. Every person you meet, what could they be to you? It’s unlimited! Maybe a friend for life, an open door to retiring, a colleague for years to come. This is big, and sometimes, in the beginning when we are just getting started, we don’t always see how big it really is.

So before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember that all success is based on long-term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping stones along the way. You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it’s sure to be one of the stones that leads to great opportunities in the future.