I was inspired to write this blog after having a short conversation with a young man between the ages of 18-20 in a retail store. He shared that some people do not believe that it is possible to earn a substantial income. This is a very broad, but true statement and happens for various reasons in one’s life. The only thing that stands between you and success is “You”. Does the economy play a part? In some cases, absolutely. Should the economy dictate what your level of success should look like? Absolutely not!
Becoming successful is a mindset. However you define or measure your level of financial wealth or success will be determined by your thought process. Some people measure their success by the cars that they drive, the size of the homes that they purchase, the kind of jobs they have and so on. Other people’s perception is another way that some people’s success is measured. Both ways can invoke a level of stress where there is a need to impress. Therefore, an individual could feel as if it is impossible to earn a substantial income.
David J Schwartz (1959), author of The Magic of Thinking Big asserts that growing the action habit is vital. I too agree that without taking action your ideas will remain a thought. You must first believe that becoming successful is possible for your life. If you believe you can, you will. If you believe you cannot, then you are absolutely correct; you will not. Schwartz says the top five action habits to pursue are:
- Be an ‘activationist’. Be someone who does things. Be a doer, not a ‘don’t-er.’
- Don’t wait until conditions are perfect. They never will be. Expect future obstacles and difficulties; solve them as they arise.
- Remember, ideas alone won’t bring success. Ideas have value only when you act upon them.
- Use action to cure fear and gain confidence. Do what you fear and fear disappears. Just try and see.
- Start your mental engine mechanically. Don’t wait for the spirit to move you. Take action, dig in, and you move the spirit.
Becoming successful requires personal development; work harder on yourself than anything else. Make it a habit to read at least 10 pages a day of a positive book written by successful people who have achieved what you would like to achieve. If you are a person of faith, read your bible along with other books, blogs, news articles, Pod Casts, audio books etc. Average thinkers, will attract (The Roosevelt’s, 2012) an average income; they earn money doing things that they don’t love. Wealthy people follow their passion. I encourage you to develop a well thought out plan; find out what you love and care about the most and do that.
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