In part one of this article. I discussed 5 reasons why you’ll never be successful. They ranged from never implementing to implementing everything.
You can check out the first part here.
6.) You Haven’t Set Goals in Writing
You may have “goals” in your mind of what you want to accomplish.
“I want to make $1,000,000 a year.”
“I want to lose weight.”
“I want to find a better job.”
But these aren’t goals. These are ideas. Even if you wrote those down. They still aren’t goals. Why? Because there is no deadline.
You need to establish a time frame on when you want to accomplish those goals. And to do that? You need to get specific. For example. Instead of writing down. “I want to lose weight.” You can write. “I want to lose 15 pounds.”
But let’s press it further. You still need a deadline. “I want to lose 15 pounds by May 31st.”
It’s getting better…but we need to get specific, remember? Besides, losing 15 pounds doesn’t really mean anything. So try something like, “I want to weigh 185lbs by May 31st at 9PM.”
That right there is an example of how a goal should look. It’s specific, it has a time line and you’ll find writing goals down in this fashion is more effective than you can imagine.
7.) You’re Doing What Everyone Else is Doing
I know you know the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” or “When in Rome.” But when it comes to success and a proper mindset, you can’t just do what everyone else is doing. Because that, my friend. Is being average.
The best definition of average is being the worst of the best and the best of the worst. Do you really want to be average?
Keep in mind, if someone is very successful and they are teaching you what they’re doing; that’s a bit different.
The point I am trying to make is you need to Zig when everyone else is Zagging. Most people throw shit at the wall and hope something sticks. You’re better than that. I know you are.
So take a step back, see what everyone else (the majority) is doing…and do the opposite. I can almost guarantee you’ll get results.
8.) You’re Not Reading (Or Not Reading the Right Books)
Well, get over it. If you had 100 self-made millionaires in a room and you asked them if they read. I can bet you 95 of them would say they read constantly.
Over the last few months I upped my reading amount substantially. In fact, at the time of this posting in the last 2 weeks I’ve finished 5 books related to self-help and marketing and I have 5 more waiting to be read.
I could write a book on why reading is so important (as funny as that kind of sounds) but let me sum it up in a paragraph.
When you read, you’re accessing parts of your brain that you normally don’t access when doing other activities. You’re visualizing, imagining, thinking and theorizing. Reading self-help books especially awakens a subconscious desire in your mind to look for ways to improve your life.
You can argue science or medicine to what I said above…but at the end of the day if you find yourself not agreeing with me…I’m willing to wager you haven’t read anything recently.
9.) You Haven’t Found Your Why
“Once you write down a goal. Ask yourself why you want to achieve it. Then? Write down why you came up with that reason. Then? Write down why you came up with that reason. Keep doing this.
Eventually, you’re going to get to the point where you can’t think of any more whys. When you get to this point. Take a look at the last few things you’ve written down. If you really followed the above…you’ll find that the last few whys you’ve written almost seem generalized and simple.
THESE ARE YOUR WHYS.”
Once you find your why…you will find your passion for success.
10.) You Sell Yourself Short
One of the most detrimental things you can do when it comes to walking a successful path in life is selling yourself short. This can range in many different ways. Anywhere from something as literal as offering your goods and services at a lower price than the perceived value. Or in a more metaphorical sense of expecting yourself to fail.
You see, whether you believe in a higher power or not. It has been proven time and time again since the beginning of time that EVERYONE has potential. Some may have more than others but what differentiates yourself is if you actually use the potential you’ve been given.
“The graveyard is the richest place on the surface of the earth because there you will see the books that were not published, ideas that were not harnessed, songs that were not sung, and drama pieces that were never acted.” – Myles Munroe
With all that said. I genuinely hope this makes sense and I hope you make the right decisions on your path of success. It all boils down to 1 thing though. Believing in yourself.
Thanks for reading. Comment below if you have any opinions or questions.