Do It Anyway
by Joe Bonura, CSP
Sometimes I do not want to write this e-zine article, but I do
it anyway. Sometimes I do not feel like making sales calls, but
I do it anyway. Sometimes I do not feel like getting on a plane
and flying across the country, but I do it anyway. Sometimes I do
not feel like getting out of bed at 5:00 AM or walking in the morning,
but I do it anyway. Sometimes I do not like watching what I eat,
but I do it anyway.
It Is Not Always Easy
Success comes to those who do the necessary tasks anyway. I have
learned that the actions that make us successful in business and
in life are never easy. That explains why so few people succeed
and why so many people fail. The late motivational giant, Earl Nightingale,
related in The Strangest Secret that of 100 men and
women starting out in business at the age of 25, only five will
be financially independent by the time they reach 65.
Pick The Fruit
Isnt it interesting that 95 of those people would rather
blame circumstances rather than blame themselves for their inability
to retire financially independent in this land of abundance? This
would be comparable to being in a jungle with low hanging fruit
and starving to death because you do not want to make the effort
to reach up and pick the fruit. I like what national speaker Jim
Rhone said: Success is simple, but it is not easy. And
I add to the quote: It takes deliberate effort to succeed.
Beginning Is Half Done
I have also noticed that when I do it anyway, it becomes easier
as I progress. Success can be achieved by just beginning. Recently,
I looked longingly at the lake in my back yard and thought about
going fishing. My subconscious mind was urging me to put the boat
in the water and go fishing, but my conscious mind was telling me
that I would have to change clothes, get out the fishing tackle,
tie the lure on the line, etc. etc. etc. I decided not to do it
anyway when my oldest son called and wanted to fish together. We
went fishing and caught 12 fish between us. If he had not called,
I would not have done it anyway, and I would not have enjoyed the
thrill of the catch.
That Is What Friends Are For
Think of ways that you can motivate yourself to do those necessary
tasks that you should be doing but you are putting off. Form a partnership
with an associate or family member, and every time you are tempted
to procrastinate, call your accountability partner to encourage
you to do it anyway.
Make a list of 10 things that you really do not want to do, and
put a different one in ten envelopes.
Each day for the next 10 days, select one envelope and make a commitment
to do that one thing that you most want to procrastinate. When you
make the commitment, do not abandon the task.
One Box At A Time
Our basement is a disaster area because there are boxes everywhere
and lots of stuff that can be discarded. This morning, I made a
commitment to eliminate one box a day for the next 30 days. I began
this morning, and in less than 30 minutes, I removed one full box
of things that we will never use. I did not feel like going through
the box, but I did it anyway. Tomorrow I will repeat the process,
as I will do every day for the next 30 days. I know I will get it
done because my accountability partner, my wife, has read this article.
If It Is Going To Be, It Is Up To Me
Since no one is going to empty those boxes for me, I will have
to do it myself to get the job done. What are you putting off that
only you can do? Seriously think about it, and set an appointment
with yourself to begin. Practice with small tasks, and then you
can work up to bigger ones. Believe me, the reward of discarding
that full box of useless trash gave me a sense of real accomplishment.
Make The Right Call
Making targeted, focused, and skillful sales calls will, not only
give you the sense of accomplishment, but will put cash in your
bank account and will help others succeed by using your product
So you still do not feel like following the advice in this article?
Do it anyway!
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