Success Ladder
Make the effort
You may have heard these quotations before, accredited to Gandhi, but who knows, someone possibly said them before?
‘If it is to be, it is up to me’
Or
‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’
Now, you can interpret either of these quotations in any way you choose, but let me give you an example. Only since Christmas, I have met so many people, in business and socially, that want change, for the better, in their lives and are going to do it… tomorrow! Now as we know, tomorrow never comes. Effectively what they are doing is putting off the things they need to do to create that change, because, (in their mind), it involves effort. The ‘effort’ involved may be a lot easier than you think but what it most certainly will need is some commitment and the urge to do it.

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How many people are currently working in a job or have a career that they don’t want to be in and yet day in, day out, they turn up for work, at the same time, doing the same thing, convinced that it will be another ‘boring day’… and guess what… they are absolutely right! If nothing they have changed nothing at all, why should there be any difference in how they feel?

Many people claim that we/they are living in a ‘Rat Race’ and that there are never enough hours, minutes or seconds in a day, and yet, they expect someone else to solve their problem. Countless times, people categorically state that they want improvements in their own lives, yet it would seem it is far easier to put up ‘blockers’ and barriers than to actually go ahead and make that change. In the end, we form habits or become conditioned to making those excuses… and you’ll know what I mean, because you even start to pre-empt what they are going to say! Have you ever asked someone to do something and before you’ve asked them, you know (or think you know) what their answer will be (usually, in your mind, a negative response)? When you get that negative response, how pleased do you feel that you ‘anticipated’ that person’s response and thus you must now be a mind-reader?!! How many times have you then ‘given up’ asking that person… because you know what they will say anyway?

Let’s be clear here, I’m not talking about those of us that say ‘I want to give up smoking’ or ‘I’m going to lose weight or become fitter’ I’m talking about people that consistently say they want change in their lives, but are not prepared to actually change? Make sense? You’ll possibly know some people, exactly as I have described them?
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When opportunities present themselves, forget excuses and barriers and think about what this new-found knowledge and skill will do for you, what benefit will you gain from it and how can you use it to maximize your own potential.

I look forward to hearing from you.

PS. How do you think every successful person in the world became successful?