Success: Get Off Your Assets
Subject: Success, Winning, Motivation
Victor Antonio G.
This past weekend I was in Washington, DC to speak at an annual meeting planners event. My keynote, The Logic of Success went well. During my speech I usually tell a story about how we tend to listen to the wrong people for advice and wind up doing things we had no business doing in the first place. And when we fail, we feel all the worse for it. Having failed once, we give up altogether on trying to extricate ourselves from our discontent.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say you have a great idea about something you’d like to do to get your career on track or life on purpose. Instead of seeking expert advice (i.e., from someone who has first hand experience) you decide to tell a few of your friends and family (i.e., most likely people who have no clue what you’re trying to do). There’s always that one somebody willing to give you advice they themselves don’t follow. You don’t trust your own judgment so you alter your plans based on their advice. From this point on, you go into Lemony Snicket mode and initiate a Series of Unfortunate Events:
Does any of this sound familiar? Do you know someone who may be living this right now?
When people come to hear me speak on The Logic of Success, I often remind them that “Life didn’t just happen” (i.e., these problems appeared out of nowhere), but that “Life has been happening” to them for a long time (i.e., their predicament has been slowly deteriorating over some period of time).
I like to think that when I speak to people, I sound life’s alarm clock and tell them to wake up from their mediocre stupor. Time is slipping away. We’re all on the clock. And no matter if you’re rich or poor, time is one thing you can’t go out and buy more of or put on your credit card.
Let me be blunt for a bit here. No one ‘just’ lands a lousy job. If they didn’t go to school to prepare, don’t’ have an expertise in some field or endeavor, or simply didn’t have a plan they’ll have to settle for what they can get.
No one ‘just’ becomes broke overnight. What often happens is that their buying habits exceed their capacity to pay for them.
Fixing your life or getting it back on track requires introspection. Remove God and past circumstances from your excuse book. If you believe in God, don’t wait for Him to help when the bible clearly states that He helps those who help themselves.
Don’t wait for the circumstance to be right, because they never will.
Don’t let past circumstances determine your current stance on your life and possible options. The only people that really fail are the ones that give up and stop trying. Don’t wait for others to do it for you. I can guarantee you it will never happen.
I’ve always argued that ‘success happens for a reason’. Most successful people followed a plan or a course of action to reach their maximum potential.
Unfortunately, ‘failure happens for a reason’ also. Most people fail because they just don’t know what to do or how to implement a plan of action.
Can a person’s life be fixed? Of course it can. But, a person who contracted cancer from smoking can’t expect a quick fix to the self-inflicted damage from years of smoking.
A person in debt can’t fix their credit rating overnight after years of financial mishaps.
A person who isn’t successful can’t expect a quick fix to damage done to their career after years of occupational neglect.
The answer to the question I often hear, “How do I change my life?” can be summed up in three simple words, slowly over time. There are no quick fixes. In this high tech cesspool of immediate gratification , the reality is that things endure take time to build or fix.
The answer to your problems or dilemmas does not lie in prayer, hope, or some motivational book. These solutions are placebos to make you feel good for a short period of time. They don’t last.
The answer to any adverse circumstance lies in the word ACTION. Start taking steps to get your life or your dream of who you want to be on track. Stop listening to other people and start listening to yourself. Yes, you may fail a few times. So what! Get over it! Get on with it! Make something happen! Get off your assets!
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